Remembering 9/11: Ground Zero Ironworker Picurro Still Fighting for LifeFriday, September 11, 2009
On the eighth anniversary of 9/11, it seems appropriate that we all recognize that the health impacts on both victims and Ground Zero rescue workers continue in many cases to increase, not decrease. A colleague forwarded me this excellent video from this morning’s Democracy Now program regarding Ground Zero and the case of rescue worker Joe Picurro.
Although I am personally familiar with Joe’s tragic story of the health consequences that Ground Zero workers face, this excellent update, which includes interviews with 9/11 Ground Zero funding champion Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Dr. Jacqueline Moline of the Mt. Sinai Medical Center World Trade Center Monitoring program is a must see for anyone interested in the long term health effects of the WTC tragedy. Mt. Sinai has now screened over 27,000 workers, and new Ground Zero workers compensation cases (usually involving lung disease, cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder) still come into my office on an all too regular basis.