'They're God sent:' Neighbors help woman on oxygen tank left powerless after Irma

People living in one Jacksonville neighborhood haven't had power for days after Hurricane Irma.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - One Jacksonville neighborhood is littered with uprooted trees, caved in roofs and power poles on their last leg. The remnants of what Hurricane Irma left behind.

For Cherly Lee, who uses an electric oxygen tank, downed power lines meant she has not had power in her home for days and was unable to connect to her oxygen tank.

It's not only been uncomfortable, but it's meant the difference between life and death.

"I wanna be able to cook," she said. "You know I can't live on crackers and Cheez Whiz and peanut butter."

She said her roommate had 911 on speed dial just in case she needed to be rushed to the hospital.

"I thought I was gonna have to go to the hospital because I couldn't breathe,” Lee said. “Because if I can't breathe, I just go under. Just like dying."

But Lee’s life was spared by a neighbor who gave up their generator to give her life by allowing her to be able to hook up to her oxygen tank.

"They're God sent. They've made a door to heaven in my eyes," she said.

But she jokes that she's not ready, just yet, to walk through that door.

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