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Investigation: Two Years After the BP Spill, A Hidden Health Crisis Festers

Sick on the coast

My family also has health issues that I am struggling with. My two sons, 4 years and 13 months, both have to take steroid breathing treatments everyday now. My 4-year-old used to be healthy and never sick, now I’m so scared because he can’t catch his breath. My daughter also has had problems with her throat. They all have visited the doctor over twenty times this year. I maxed out my insurance with what was said to be a headache I had for over two months. My aunt who works in Gulf Shores with my fiancé, has a bagful of medicine that she takes for a cough that hasn’t gone away and it’s been a month and a half. She said some days she can’t catch her breath and it is scary. My fiancé can’t eat, nauseated all the time. I have spoken to so many sick people, it is sad. This all began this year. I have never been this sick in my life, and every time I say it’s the oil spill, people laugh. This is no laughing matter, we need help down here on the coast or our health will fail.

Chiquita Murdock

Foley, AL

Oct 19 2012 - 7:23am

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