From a story in the New York Times: “The city medical examiner has now accepted what thousands of people with 9/11-related illnesses and their doctors have long understood: that ground zero dust was harmful and even deadly,” said Representative Carolyn B. Maloney.
Felicia Dunn-Jones’ death has been related to her dust exposure on 9/11. She was exposed to the dust cloud from the collapse of the towers as she left her office a few blocks from the World Trade Center buildings. After 9/11 she came down with a terrible cough and began experiencing respiratory problems. She passed away 5 months after the attack on the World Trade Center. An autopsy showed Mrs. Dunn-Jones’ death was caused by sarcoidosis, a disease associated with dust exposures.
Officials are gathering evidence that points to sarcoidosis or something very similar to sarcoidosis as the disease caused by the dust from the disaster. Hopefully this first step will aid all of the others suffering from dust illnesses related to this disaster in their quest for justice.