Lawsuit: Man who tried to save drowning toddler became ill from oil, Press-Register, October 01, 2010:
A Saraland man who tried to rescue a drowning child in rough Gulf of Mexico waters near Orange Beach became severely ill after swallowing oil and chemical dispersant, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Mobile. ...
Daniel Hudley, 43, was driving along the beach July 2 with his wife when they decided to get out and look at the ocean. [Parker Miller, a lawyer with Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles] said that Hudley spotted a young girl being pulled away from the shore and, despite being out of work following back surgery, he charged into the water. ...
The girl, Kennedy Halechko, 2, of Helena, died later at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. Also, a friend of the girl’s family, Kembra Gordon, 47, of Pelham, drowned trying to help the girl, and was pronounced dead at the scene. ...
Hudley was treated at the hospital the day of the drowning and continues to suffer from severe intestinal pain, nosebleeds, chronic headaches and other ailments, according to Miller. “He ingested quite a bit of oil and, we believe a great deal of dispersant,” he said.
This drowning was discussed in the report: At least 4 dead in last 10 days after swimming at Gulf beaches
See: Potential Health Effects of Oil Spill, KRIV Channel 26 Houston (Fox), June 22, 2010:
Dr. Harish Seethamraju is a pulmonary specialist at Methodist Hospital in Houston.
Seethamraju says potential problems include wheezing and asthma, but that’s not all. “If they take a swim in these waters, the toxic chemicals can cause pneumonia and respiratory failure.” …
“We have never seen such enormous amounts of exposure.”
- Florida scientist says CLEAR water tests positive for oil, “Can’t be seen and it poses health risks”; Officials “only doing visual assessments”
- Principal Investigator: CLEAR water in Gulf is toxic (VIDEO)
- *BREAKING* Florida waters test positive for dissolved oil; Researchers “Suspect it’s a lot” (VIDEO)