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article imageOfficials debate link between ground zero site and worker illnesses

By Brandigal (Donna)     Jan 23, 2007 in Environment
Doctors have definitively established a link between work at ground zero and chronic respiratory illness.
A study published last fall for post-9-11 workers found nearly 70% were likely to have lifelong breathing problems. However they are not connecting cancer to the study.
"We were not satisfied that based on the medical documentation submitted, that the cancers would have represented itself so soon after 9-11," said Kenneth Feinberg who oversees the compensation fund for Sept. 11 victims.
People's deaths have been connected to the exposure of the toxic smoke that happened from the collapse of the twin towers. One was a female paramedic,Deborah Reeve,who helped in the clean up. She was breathing in the toxic dust for months afterwards during the clean up stages. She got a fever and cold and a month later was told she had mesothelioma, which is an asbestos-related cancer. She died from it.
Her husband said "My wife got killed on Sept. 11 and she didn't die until March 15, 2006,"
Felicia Dunn-Jones also died a year after the towers collapsed of sarcoidosis, an inflammation of the lungs. Her family was paid $2.6 million death benefit from a compensation fund for Sept. 11 victims.
People worked at ground zero have died from diseases such as sarcoidosis, mesothelioma, and pulmonary disease. They are now trying to prove the cancers are directly caused by the exposure to asbestos from work at the world trade center.
David Reeve, husband of Deborah Reeve said "Why do you have such a disproportionate number of people developing cancer at an earlier age?" he asked. "The only thing these people have in common is that they were in southern Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001. Now argue that."
911 affected so many people in so many ways. I fully believe that the cancers are from the high exposure of asbestos that those volunteers were breathing in.
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