2007 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: 28 Aug 2007 05:17:00 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Camp Lejeune (NC) health problems
Family attributed health problems to bad luck, but now think Lejeune's water the source

By Amanda Greene
Wilmington Star-News (NC)
August 27, 2007

Joan Lewis had a miscarriage in 1970.
Her eldest son, Eddie Lewis, was born in 1971 with two fused vertebrae, leaving him in chronic pain.

Her firstborn, Mariema Lewis, pushed out a baseball-sized uterine tumor while giving birth to her own daughter in 1999.

That same year, Joan's third daughter, Tisha Schiavone, came home early from work with severe cramps. Taken to the hospital, she underwent emergency surgery to have 17 non-cancerous uterine tumors - some as large as grapefruits - removed.

The Wilmington family has had its share of seemingly unexplained medical woes. Joan, a mother of five and the 62-year-old matriarch of the family, said "one or two people in the family having health issues is usual," but not the majority.

What the children have in common: All three were born, conceived or spent their early years at Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corps base in Jacksonville, during the 30 years that government health experts believe the public water supply was contaminated with dry-cleaning solvents and industrial degreasers.


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Lenny Siegel
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