Friday, January 20, 2006
W/In 7 Months, 3 Trade Cntr Workers Die
As if enough people haven't died already on Sept 11th, now we have this from the AssocPress: "James Zadroga spent 16 hrs a day toiling in the World Trade Center ruins for a month, breathing in debris-choked air. Timothy Keller said he coughed up bits of gravel from his lungs after the towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001. Felix Hernandez spent days at the site helping to search for victims. All 3 men died in the past 7 months of what their families and colleagues say were persistent respiratory illnesses directly caused by their work at ground zero. Keller coughed up debris so violently he could barely breathe on Sept.11, and later developed emphysema. He died on June 23 of heart disease complicated by bronchitis and emphysema at age 41. Hernandez was diagnosed w/ various respiratory diseases and was told by doctors at 1 pt that he may have cystic fibrosis. He left the job in '04 when he became too weak to climb stairs, and died Oct 23 of respiratory ailments at age 31. Zadroga had contracted black lung disease and had high levels of mercury in his brain, dying on Jan 5 at age 34. Some NYC officials and the Dept of Health, which is tracking the health of 71,000 people exposed to Sept 11 dust and debris, said last wk that it is too soon to say whether any deaths or illnesses among its enrolled members are linked to trade center exposure." Oh yeh, this all just a coincidence and I bet that the GOP tort reform has wiped away any hope for the families of the dead collecting anything. It's so nice to see that in addition to the 1000s who already died that day that we now have how many others who are the walking dead?