Relief for World Trade Center Responders and Survivors

The World Trade Center attacks occurred 13 years ago. Responders and survivors are still struggling to get treated for ailments that resulted from their connections to the World Trade Center.  Some of the challengers are of their own making. This week we provide information to ensure that the responders have access to resources to help attain a degree of recovery.  Our guests: Dr. Jacqueline Moline, Chair and Vice President of the Department of Population Health at North Shore LIJ and a pioneer in the setting up of the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program; Mildred Carter, a retired member of DC 37, made ill by her work near the World Trade Center during and after the attack, Liam Lynch, 9/11 Outreach Coordinator from DC 37, and Dr. Nomi Levy-Carrick, of NYU, Mental health director for the World Trade Center-Environmental Health Center. They share with us how they have seen treatment programs develop over the years and the efforts that were needed to develop the programs we have today and tell us what still needs to be done.

The World Trade Center Survivor Experience

World Trade Center panelMildred Carter worked at NYPD headquarters during the attack on 9/11.  She saw the first tower fall. In the days that followed she remembered working with police officers and other responders returning from the rubble covered in debris in the NYPD headquarters. She breathed in the soot and dust that pervaded the area and began to notice scratching at her throat and a layer of soot on her skin. By the time she was transferred out of the area it was already too late. Ms. Carter tells us about the struggles to overcome both the physical debilitation and emotional anguish the resulted from the fall of the World Trade Center. The services provided by the treatment program have allowed her health to improve and turned her into an advocate advising other effected people to sign up for the programs.

Treatment helped DC 37 member become advocate for health of WTC responders and survivors Tweet this

Advocating for better Medical Access

To ensure that survivors and responders had access to basic medical help, doctors had to be proactive in identifying medical anomalies and establishing a nexus the connection to the conditions that ensued after the World Trade Center collapse. Dr. Jacqueline Moline and Dr. Nomi Levy-Carrick have been intimately involved in developing better treatment programs for survivors and responders. Dr. Moline, then at Mt. Sinai, describes her first observation of a responder with an unusually rare cancer, only to learn her colleague, Dr. Robin Herbert had just had a similar encounter. In collaboration with colleagues from around the city and nearby suburbs she was compiled a study which eventually lead to expanding treatment options for those who were (and remain) at risk. Dr. Levy Carrick discusses the psychological programs that have been developed to help those dealing with mental anguish from being at or near Ground Zero.

Doctors had to be proactive to identify medical anomalies and show connection to WTC collapse Tweet this

If you or someone you know was at or near Ground Zero during 9/11 then have them the deadline for filing a WTC-12 form  to protect your rights to file a workers compensation or pension claim(622 form), should you ever become sick from World Trade Center related illness is this coming Thursday, 9/11/14. Visit the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board Website and download the WTC 12 form. Members of one of the City Pension Systems can get a form off the Pension System’s website. Get that form to the board by Thursday even it means hand delivering it to one of the Board’s Business Offices. The Board Website will help you find the one closest to you, or overnight mail it to the Board’s Binghamton Central Mail Address shown on the WCB Website. Hurry. Time is running out.

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