December 7, 2017
Soon after the 9/11 attacks, survivors returned to downtown Manhattan. The air didn’t look right, it didn’t smell right, and it didn’t feel right, but the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it was safe.
Some of those who returned were just children. They are young adults now, and have scattered to all corners of the world as people do in early adulthood. Tragically, many are now learning that they did not escape 9/11 unscathed.
A cancer cluster is emerging in lower Manhattan that has victimized former school children and teachers. Doctors from the WTC Health Program have certified that these cancers were caused by exposure to the toxic dust from the World Trade Center collapse.
Until now, nobody has been advocating for the children of 9/11.
We first began to understand the long-term health effects of 9/11 because of my client, NYPD Detective James Zadroga. Detective Zadroga sat in my office, tethered to an oxygen tank. He was so weak that Tyler-Ann, his 4-year-old daughter, had to change his tank for him.
Knowing that he was close to death at the age of 34, he asked that an autopsy be performed after his death to determine whether his pulmonary fibrosis was a result of his time at the World Trade Center site.
This article was posted: Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 9:08 am