First, his story is tragic, and I believe all those rescuers acted heroically. But I have a hard time buying that the pollution from 9/11 caused his current problems. From AOLnews:
“A firefighter who started working with the city’s fire department when he was only 21, [Ken] Specht was hands-on at ground zero for months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Although he wore protective equipment, Specht said, everyone on his crew had no choice but to pull their gear off while in the contaminated areas….”
“Three years later, Specht was rushed to the hospital for emergency gallbladder surgery. He’s since suffered from chronic gastrointestinal problems, including ongoing heartburn, digestive trouble and stomach pain.”
“And that was only the start of his health problems. At 37, he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Specht has undergone three surgeries, including removal of his thyroid gland, but the illness is still ravaging his body. Today, as U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein reviews the $657 million settlement, Specht will be meeting with his doctor to review his latest round of blood tests….”
Ultimately, it depends upon what the medical doctors say, but in my opinion it is all speculation. Now, if somebody wants to just give him a million dollars or more because he is down on his luck and has been dealt a shitty hand, I’m all for that. But just because somebody gets sick three years after an event does not mean the event caused it. My niece is almost as sick as he is with a variety of maladies and she was a thousand miles from ground zero on 9/11. Unless there are many others who suffered this same malady or simlar maladies, I’m not buying the causation thing. Good luck, though.