“Small children with lesions all over their bodies” — “We have got to get some health care”


Questions the Press Needs to Ask About the Gulf Oil Disaster, NRDC blog by Rocky Kistner, January 15, 2011:

[P]eople in the region still have huge health concerns as they deal a variety of physical and mental health ailments they say are tied to the oil and the two million gallons of chemical dispersants sprayed throughout the Gulf. This was topic number one raised by the public at President Obama's oil commission forum in New Orleans last week, a day after it issued its final report.

Cherri Foytlin of Gulf Change, a community organization based in Grand Isle, LA, gave an empassioned plea for help.

“Today I’m talking to you about my life. My ethylbenzene levels are 2.5 times the 95th percentile, and there’s a very good chance now that I won’t get to see my grandbabies…What I’m asking you to do now, if possible, is to amend [your report].  Because we have got to get some health care. I have seen small children with lesions all over their bodies.  We are very, very ill. ..."

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