Ground Zero worker tells of illnesses from 9/11


Ground Zero worker tells of illnesses from 9/11

Home News Tribune Online 03/22/07


WASHINGTON — A New Jersey man told a Senate panel today he has difficulty breathing and his lungs have thickened since he worked at the World Trade Center site on Sept. 11, 2001, and on cleanup efforts afterward.

Jeffrey Endean, a former commander with the Morris County Sheriff's Office who lives in Succasunna, was among the witnesses who discussed health problems he and thousands of people developed after breathing in the pulverized sheet rock, glass and concrete from the Twin Towers collapse and during debris removal later.

In October 2001, he developed chronic cough and wheezing, Endean said in written testimony he gave the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The cough was so violent that he couldn't breathe. A January 2003 screening at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York showed his lungs were scarred and had thickened, and he had chronic wheezing, asthma and cough, in addition to rhinitis, a condition caused by severe allergic reactions. He's now being treated through a special 9/11 program at Mount Sinai.

"I am now getting treatment from those who know the illnesses best. Their care has made the quality of life better," said Endean, who retired in November 2001. "To move this treatment away from Mount Sinai would be a human disaster."

Also at the hearing, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged Congress to give the city $150 million a year to diagnose and treat people with 9/11-related health problems.

Endean said creating a new federal agency or program to address post-9/11 health issues isn't necessary. Providing federal funds to the Mount Sinai program would be sufficient, he said.

This will save dollars and lives, he testified.


Anybody find the video of this on cspan? I can't seem to find it.

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