BP cleanup worker, age 35: “GRAVELY ILL” from “BENZENE” exposure, doctors say medication required to “survive” — Needs help to bathe and dress

Illness from spill unknown still, Houma Today, September 19, 2010:

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The 5-year-old [said] “… At night, when he lays down, he cannot breathe… I’m scared what’s going to happen to my Paw-Paw.”

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When [Clayton Matherne]  started working on a crewboat… the 35-year-old… said, he became gravely ill. …

[H]e was treated at an emergency room, returned to work and then, according to medical records provided by Matherne, became ill once again. The diagnosis was “reactive airway disease secondary to chemical exposure. [Matherne was declared unfit to work and given a list of medications doctors said he would need to survive.] …

A letter to Guilbeau from Matherne’s attorneys… [said] Mr. Matherne was exposed to benzene and other hazardous chemicals that have now rendered him disabled. …

“I’m afraid to fall asleep and scared not to wake up and afraid each breath I take could be my last,” said Matherne, whose fiancée, Becky Landry, now helps him bathe and dress

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