Locals air worries on spill’s health effects, Daily Comet, April 10, 2011:
.. Louis Bayhi, a charter-boat captain, choked up as he said he blamed himself for the high concentration of toxins that showed up in his two daughters’ blood tests in February. But he and his family were repeatedly told the Grand Isle beach and inshore waters were safe for them to visit. Signs on the island proclaimed “beach open,” he said.
The 35-year-old worked for BP during the height of the oil spill this summer and through the fall, ferrying scientists, divers and officials out to the heart of the spill site. He experienced some illness, such as headaches and intestinal problems, but was told by doctors it was likely sea-sickness or undetermined. His family joined him at one point, living on Grand Isle from September through November.
“My little girls have more toxins in their blood than I have,” said the 35-year-old...
In mid-December the entire family, including the 2-year-old and 3-and-a-half-year-old girls, became sick with what they thought was the flu but now believe to be exposure to crude oil. All the family wants, said wife Trish, is to get treated.
“I want my life to go back to normal,” the 35-year-old mother said. ...
Read the report here.