Federal Government refusing care for the 9/11 hero’s
Many Americans remember that tragic day in September when planes had attacked the World Trade Center. Many Americans will never forget this date as many across the nation were glued to televisions watching as the horror had unfolded. Many had lost their lives that day and for those who survived and the rescue workers had no knowledge that the worse disaster was about to happen.
When the World Trade Center had collapsed dust and debris filled the air bringing about health issues. These issues are extremely hazardous to a person’s health. The dust from this event had asbestos which was in the material from the buildings. One of the risks from asbestos is linked with inhaling the fibers from the asbestos can produce the development of mesothelioma cancer.
Health reports complied by Chief Medical Officer of the Bureau of Health Services, notes that 99% of all firefighters who had responded to this tragic event have reported at least one new respiratory problem which is believed caused by their work at Ground Zero. Also, the residents of New York City have faced an occurrence of respiratory issues since the attacks on 9/11.
Reports had come in as far as New Jersey of reported dust. Those Americans living in the immediate area had received it the most. Included in the dust and debris was chemicals and metals which were used in the construction of the World Trade Center and many of those substances are extremely hazardous. Concerns of the exposure include: Cadmium and Chromium, Lead, Methylene Chloride, Toluene and Tricholoroethyle, Epoxy Resin and Coal Tar Pitch.
Even though many of the substances are present in our daily lives they had become extremely toxic upon the collapse of the World Trade Center.
Bring us to current to day and the report which had been released Tuesday by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which states “insufficient evidence exists at this time to propose a rule to add cancer.
Anger and disbelief now fills the air for those who gave their lives by responding to the tragic event and now are suffering serious health issues. Supporters for these brave souls do not believe that our own government will not pay a penny to these heroes from the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Law.
Firefighter Jeff Stroehlein, had spent weeks at Ground Zero and is currently receiving experimental treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Medical Center for a rare form of brain cancer.
There are many of those who fought to save lives of persons during this horrific event. Many have been diagnosed with cancer like firefighter Stroehlein and many with cancer have died.
New York Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, had called upon the director of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to expedite research and information collection to examine the associations between cancer and the exposure from contaminants at Ground Zero.
The report on Tuesday was the first periodic review since President Obama had signed the Zadroga Bill into law in January. This review did not allow coverage for cancer treatment however, federal officials will have another review months from now, and it may include cancer coverage then.
In the meantime those heroes that responded on that tragic day with no regard for their own lives but giving their lives to save others may die from cancer and no financial help from the government in which they not only expected to help but also helped them in time of the fall of the World Trade Center.
Michigan ranks 12th in the nation for mesothelioma and asbestosis deaths. Home to the city of Detroit is Wayne County, ranks 16th among the 100 counties which are most affect by asbestos deaths in the nation. In the years 1979 and 2001 there were between 250 and 393 people who had died of asbestosis or mesothelioma, this from the Centers of Disease Control. Workers at automobile plants were exposed to asbestos during their work. Some of the plants in which workers were known to be exposed include; Chrysler Assembly Plant, General Motors Plant and Ford Motor Company. Workers at metal works and steel mills were also exposed some of these companies include; Briggs Manufacturing Company, Detroit Ball Bearing and Great Lakes Steel. The list of exposures from plants goes on between oil refiners, oil plants, public buildings and more.
In Detroit area one major hospital dealing with every aspect of cancer from research to eventual elimination is Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. The hospital is nationally distinguished for its clinical trials, research and treatment facilities.
In the meantime, the nation waits to see if these brave heroes will be helped from the government for care and treatment of cancer. They did not ask for this horrific disease to fall upon them. All they had wished for at the time of 9/11 was to try and save as many souls as they possibly could.
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
4100 John Rd
Detroit, Michigan 48201