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City's water crisis has long-term consequences for whistleblower's son

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LeeAnne Walters can only wonder out loud what the future holds for her 4-year-old son Gavin.

"With my son having a compromised immune system, there are no studies, there no guidelines to follow for him," Walters said.

He was diagnosed with extremely high blood levels of lead, poisoned from the drinking water flowing from her tap.

"It's a wait, watch and see. So we don't know what we are in store for," Walters said.

Some refer to this mother of four as the whistleblower for Flint's water woes.

At first she wasn't taken seriously until she was finally backed up by the medical community and science.

“When they did the DOE meeting emergency manager Ambrose and Mike Pressley from the DEQ called me a liar and stupid in a public meeting about the water bottles that I brought in full of my brown water and that's what fueled me. Because I am not a liar and I'm not stupid,” Walters said.

Walters said Gavin is dealing with anemia and other medical issues related to the bad water. And she fears an even rougher road ahead for him.

“If he gets diagnosed with ADHD or a learning disability the question is going to be: would he have had these if he wasn't poisoned by lead?" Walters said.

Walters and her family no longer live in Flint because her husband, who's in the military, has been re-assigned to Virginia.

“As a parent and as a mom your job is to protect your kids,” Walters said.

Walters will speak before the EPA next week in Washington D.C., stating her case.

She already has meeting with Congressman Dan Kildee and others.

Walters said she's a woman on a mission.

“We have to make people aware so something like this will never happen again,” Walters said.

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