As death toll of 9/11 responders nears 1,000, pols want autopsy standards to pinpoint causes

from the NY DAILY NEWS today, Nov 11, 2010

As death toll of 9/11 responders nears 1,000, pols want autopsy standards to pinpoint causes

WASHINGTON - The staggering death toll for Ground Zero responders has soared past 916 - and still no one knows what really killed them.

Now, nine years after the terror attacks, doctors and some New York lawmakers are urging the federal Department of Health and Human Services to draft autopsy protocols to pinpoint 9/11-related fatalities, the Daily News has learned.

Astonishingly, there are no written standards to help doctors diagnose post-9/11 deaths, leaving a void that's wreaked enormous emotional pain and conflict on survivors.

"It was heart-wrenching," said Joe Zadroga, who watched his NYPD officer son, James, slowly deteriorate from scarred lungs until he died in 2007.

Relatives and friends know in their hearts what really killed the hero in their family - even if health officials refuse to recognize it.

"I mean, we knew what he died from. We dealt with it for four years," Zadroga added.

A medical examiner in New Jersey had ruled James Zadroga died from 9/11 exposure, only to have the city declare - for a time - that drug abuse killed him.

The city later relented, but Zadroga is one of only a handful of people whose death has been officially linked to the toxins of the ruined twin towers.

"Many of the responders who worked at the site and other survivors are dying," Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-Manhattan), Pete King (R-L.I.) and Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) say in a letter to the feds, obtained by The News.

In a study released in June last year, state officials identified 836 responders who have died since 9/11. Advocates know of at least 80 more, and doctors believe the total will be well over 1,000 in the next survey this year.

"We do not know to what extent WTC exposures contributed to their deaths, or whether their deaths were unrelated," the lawmakers wrote, seeking a set of guidelines.

Such autopsy rules could have huge impacts on people who believe terrorists are to blame for killing their loved ones.

"It is very emotional," said Jim Melius, who oversees the 9/11 health-monitoring program.

He says autopsies would help doctors understand Ground Zero illnesses and craft better treatments.

But autopsies could be double-edged, with some deaths determined to have had little to do with exposure.

"It needs to be carefully explained," Melius said, noting a lot can be at stake in work benefits and potential payouts from the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, stuck in Congress.

One advantage could be culling bogus claims that some Republicans say would plague a new 9/11 compensation act.

Joe Zadroga, for one, is all for it.

"I agree with setting some standards so there wouldn't be fraud," he said.

In most cases, it's an easy call. "Most of these guys who are dying are dying from lung conditions and cancers," he said. "My son's lungs were like leather."


There is a comment in an early NYT 9-11 article about whether freon in air conditioners could turn into the poisonous gas phosgene, but the possibility was dismissed because of lack of the high temperatures necessary. However, later it was found that quite high temperatures were sustained in the WTC towers rubble. Could this be a contributing cause for some of the illnesses?

Not according to official account

Approximately 200,000 pounds of Freon® 22 refrigerant for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system were located several stories underground in storage tanks. Nearly 180,000 pounds for the primary system and another 20,000 pounds for the backup system were located in separate tanks at two different levels in the WTC basement. While this chemical has a relatively high threshold limit value and is nonflammable, it emits hydrochloric and hydrofluoric acids when heated. Final status: Both tanks were eventually located and inspected; both were damaged and one was leaking slightly. The same contractor that designed, built, nstalled and serviced the tanks eventually recovered the Freon®.

The illnesses results most probably from the more than 500 Tons of asbestos. What a pity that no researcher cover this issue.


Autopsies should all pin-point thru the lungs. this is crazy.
thats where it begins and ends. the AIR was furiously toxic. The lungs are where the autopsy will show the correlation.
like everything else in this shoddy saga, the authority systems have LET THE PEOPLE DOWN.
so upsetting!

How many people did Al-Qaeda kill again?

Why are we fighting at least two wars overseas chasing ghosts when the real enemy is much closer.

When will the American people say enough is enough.

Is It Possible

Is it possible that the particles of nano-thermite could still be trapped in the lung tissue of those who were caught in that tremendous toxic dust cloud the morning of 9/11? My understanding is that asbestos fibers can be found in the lung tissues from an autopsy.If that being the case, then the tiny nano-thermite particles should also still be present in the thousands of first responders who got directly exposed to the dust cloud that terrible morning. It's been reported that there has been almost 1,000 related 9/11 deaths due to the toxic exposure. I've heard that some families had independent autopsies, is there anyway to retest the lung tissue for nano-thermite particles?
There has to come a time when these nano-thermite particles that have been discovered in samples of 9/11 dust be addressed. All the evidence and science has been given to the FBI and Congress, why has no one disputed this science. The question of these nano-thermite particles I believe are the key to the greatest crime in American history. Where did this nano-thermite come from and how did should large quantities of it end up in the World Trade Center Towers?

I appreciate

your pics- i saw them online (WTC plane parts with serial numbers)
thanks for bending the rules to take those pics

the more witnesses die the better for the perps

i wouldnt put it beyond the realms of possibility that they might have encouraged that result by planting extra poisons/ carcinogens