Death Toll In Sept. 11 Attacks Rises By 1

NPR reports that the official death toll from 9/11 has been raised by 1, bringing the number to 2,753. The addition to the number of people who were murdered without a proper investigation on 9/11 came from a Manhattan worker, who inhaled the initial dust cloud (like thousands of other people) of the destroyed World Trade Center.

Last year, it was reported that upwards of 900 people had already died from 9/11 related illnesses. NY 1 reported last year:

Rodriguez, of Lindenhurst, L.I., the mother of two young boys, is among nearly 900 first responders to have died from an array of ailments traced to their service at the smoldering World Trade Center.

The clean-up of the WTC site was a disaster in many ways: From hasty removal of crime scene evidence to lies from the EPA and other agencies. Here is a clip from a report at World for 9/11 Truth:

Nearly 100,000 first responders have been exposed to toxic elements such as Asbestos and were not instructed to wear any special equipment to avoid medical problems. In fact, as demonstrated in the shocking documentary Dust to Dust: the Health Effects of 9/11, the EPA and the U.S. Government told them the air was safe to breathe.

Here is the full story from NPR:

A man who died last year of lung disease was added Friday to the official
list of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

New York City's medical examiner ruled that 63-year-old Jerry Borg, of
Manhattan, who died in December, was killed by complications caused by a lung
condition he got from inhaling dust from the collapse of the World Trade

Borg suffered from pulmonary sarcoidosis, a disease in which inflamed cells
can make someone's lungs stiff and interfere with normal breathing.

The death brings the official count of World Trade Center attack victims to

The ruling is a rarity. Thousands of people have blamed health problems on
trade center dust, but Borg is only the third victim to be added to the medical
examiner's list of victims of Sept. 11, 2001.

Borg was working downtown on the day of the attacks and became caught in the
dense cloud of pulverized concrete and glass that billowed over lower Manhattan
when the twin towers fell.

Borg's nephew, Joseph Borg, of New York City, said Friday that his uncle
worked as an accountant and was doing an audit at a building at ground zero on
Sept. 11. He said his uncle witnessed "the whole thing." He recalled that his
uncle had some health problems before his death.

"He said something about having a lung problem before he passed away. And
that he was waiting for a lung transplant," Joseph Borg said. "It might have
been due to the fumes from the 9/11 accident."

He said his uncle was not married and had no children. "He lived an ordinary
life. He went to work and came home. That's it," Joseph Borg said.

The other two people who were added to the medical examiner's list also were
working downtown on Sept. 11.

Felicia Dunn Jones, a 42-year-old civil rights lawyer, fell ill immediately
after the attacks, was diagnosed with sarcoidosis and was dead within five
months. Her death wasn't ruled as officially caused by the terrorist attacks
until 2007.

Leon Heyward, 45, died in 2008 of lymphoma, an illness that hasn't been
conclusively linked to trade center dust, but Chief Medical Examiner Charles
Hirsch ruled in early 2009 that his cancer was complicated by sarcoidosis.

All victims of the terrorist attacks have been classified as homicide

A spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office, Ellen Borakove, declined to
release additional information about the circumstances of Borg's illness or
personal biography, citing privacy rules.

Congress late last year created a $2.78 billion fund to compensate people who
might have been sickened by exposure to trade center dust and ash, and set aside
$1.5 billion to fund health programs for rescue and cleanup workers.

Medical studies have found elevated asthma rates among people who were caught
in the dust cloud or spent extended periods in the trade center ruins. Fire
Department medical experts have documented diminished lung power among an
unusual number of firefighters who were at the site.

Hard evidence linking other ailments like cancer to the dust, however, has
been elusive or inconclusive, leading Hirsch to resist immense political
pressure add more people to the death count.

He famously declined to add a retired police detective, James Zadroga, to the
list after concluding that the lawman's fatal lung condition was caused by
prescription drug abuse, not by trade center particles trapped in his lungs.

That decision remains controversial, and the sponsors of the health bill that
passed in December named it after Zadroga.