Woman recalls family living with lead, Legionnaires' disease dur - WNEM TV 5

Woman recalls family living with lead, Legionnaires' disease during water crisis

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Bottled water is being delivered by the truck load to Flint.

The non-profit group HOSEA organized a Water Day for Flint event over the weekend. Their goal was to collect 36,000 pounds of water.

The group more than surpassed that goal. They needed nine tractor trailers to ship more than 400,000 bottles of water to Flint. The convoy of trucks is expected to arrive late Monday or early Tuesday.

When it arrives the water will be distributed to families throughout the city that are dealing with not knowing if their tap water is safe to drink.

It’s a problem every family in Flint faces and every home has its own unique story.

“I shut the hose off. She said ‘Mom, I don’t know. I can’t breathe. My eyes are burning. My throat and lungs were burning,’” said Keri Webber, Flint resident.

Webber recalls the moment she and her daughter first suspected something was wrong with the water coming from their tap.

It was two years ago, just after the city switched to Flint River for its water.

Webber had the water tested for lead.

“Our highest number was 775 parts per billion,” Webber said.

That’s when the real trouble began.

Webber said her two daughters and her husband became ill. Their hair would fall out and they both developed bad rashes. She said the doctor told her, her youngest daughter had lead in her bones. Her oldest daughter Stephanie was diagnosed with Legionnaires ’ disease.

“You know five antibiotics later I’m terrified to get it again. I don’t know if I’ll make it through it again even though I’m a healthy 21-year-old,” Stephanie said.

Keri said she felt she knew exactly where it all stemmed from – the water.

“I mean you rethink everything. Every meal you cook. It’s overwhelming,” Keri said.

After her daughters and her husband became ill, Keri said she felt like the government experimented on the residents of Flint.

“You look at all the work they did to cover it up. You know how much easier it would have been for the MDEQ to say, ‘you know what? We screwed up folks, let’s work on it,’” Keri said.

Doctor visits after doctor visits, medication after medication, Keri said it’s been a nightmare for her family the past two years.

“What I want, they can’t give me. I want my daughter healthy. I want to be married another 15 years,” Keri said.

Keri is fed up and she said she knows nothing can take back the damages done to her family over the past two years.

“There’s a huge list of people I’d like to see rounded up and put in prison,” she said.

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