Parents At Camp Lejeune Suffered For Years Not Knowing Why Their Children Died
Only now are people being made aware that being pregnant at Camp Lejeune caused child deaths
Monday, November 21, 2022 - Time magazine published a piece last week highlighting infant mortality that has occurred in the decades since people at or near Camp Lejeune began drinking contaminated tap water. Pregnant women at Camp Lejeune have experienced a higher-than-expected rate of miscarriages, birth defects, and babies stillborn. So many babies have died at Camp Lejeune from water poisoning that the local cemetery is called "Baby Heaven." The article focuses on the plight of a Camp Lejeune woman who spent time at Camp Lejeune during her pregnancy nearly 40 years ago and subsequently lost her daughter to birth defects, the cause of which can now be traced to Camp Lejeune water. The mother suffered from excessive weight gain while pregnant and the baby was born unresponsive, with a clef palette, and facial and hand deformities according to the Time magazine article. The infant died at seven weeks old and for more than four decades has left the mother wondering what she had done wrong, never suspecting Camp Lejeune water as being the source of her daughter's death. The Marine Corps and US Navy failed to warn or notify women who were pregnant and gave birth at Camp Lejeune about the cancer cluster that toxic water had caused. It took the passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice act to alert people about the cause of the cancer illness and/or deaths of their loved ones. Since the passage of the act, over 8000 claims have been filed according to the US Navy sources and Time. Time also pointed out that legal experts think that about 500,000 Camp Lejeune Justice Act Claims may be filed seeking lump-sum monetary compensation before all is said and done. If you or a loved one spent as little as 30-days at Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987, and have been diagnosed with cancer, or have had a spouse, sibling, or child die from a Camp Lejeune water contamination-related illness or birth defect, you should seek the counsel of a Camp Lejeune water attorney for help in filing out a proper and complete Camp Lejeune water claim.
More than one million people spent time at Camp Lejeune Marine Base in North Carolina from 1953 to 1987 and may have developed cancer, kidney disease, Parkinson's disease, and a long list of other life-threatening illnesses from drinking contaminated tap water. The Marine Corps knew as early as 1982 that the groundwater leading to the Hadnot Point, Tarawa Terrace, and Holcomb Boulevard water treatment plants contained more than 2400 times the levels of dangerous chemicals from toxic sources. Leaking underground waste storage tanks, unlined landfills, weaponry and equipment degreaser, and other sources of contaminants have all contributed to the Camp Lejeune toxic water crisis. Chemicals found to have contaminated the local drinking water from these sources include tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene; benzene, and vinyl chloride. Most disturbing, however, is the more recent admission that PFAS forever chemicals from using firefighting foam have been discovered lurking in the area drinking water. When all is said and done, Camp Lejeune water victims have suffered a high number of incidences of cancer, kidney disease, and birth anomalies.