Friday, April 1, 2011
Interview with Clayton Matherne by LEAN (VIDEO)
Unfortunately the oil disaster of 2010 is not the only disaster we have faced in recent history. But because of these trials by fire that we have experienced in the past, we have become acutely aware of public health concerns that come with the response and aftermath of such events. Due to what we feel was an underestimated risk surrounding the cleanup environment of the oil spill, LEAN purchased and gave away $12,000.00 worth of personal protective gear in an effort to help workers, fisherman, and residents protect themselves. As a small organization, unsanctioned by the official response authorities, our efforts were vastly inadequate to effectively combat the dangers of such a vast area of concern.
It is greatly distressing that we now find ourselves in a situation we hoped would not happen. There seems to be an alarming number of individuals along the Gulf Coast experiencing severe health problems as a result of events related to the oil disaster of 2010. What is even more distressing is that these individuals are finding little support and even less relief from there struggles. There is a great need for effectively identifying these illnesses and adequately treating them.
Our efforts to assist the individuals suffering in the aftermath of this tragedy has led us to partnering once again with our friend Dr. Mike Robicheaux of Raceland, LA. LEAN, Dr. Mike, as well as the patients he is seeing, for free, hope that our combined voices will garner the attention necessary to gain the assistance that is needed to remediate the suffering occurring here.
The videos below are the personal testimony of Mr. Clayton Matherne. Mr. Matherne has asked us to publish his story in hopes that it will help others who are suffering know that they are not alone and for those who are not aware of their plight that assistance is greatly needed.
Please watch, share, and assist in the solution in whatever way you can.