Children in Flint were either lead-poisoned or lead-exposed.

It depends on whom you ask but the debate between the two medical powerhouses is raging.

Last month, Hurley Medical Center said they were lead-exposed, but the Genesee County Medical Society wholly disagrees.

“It was disbelief,” said Gerald Natzke, the president of the Genesee County Medical Society.

That’s how Natzke reacted when he learned Hurley Medical Center did not consider the people of Flint “poisoned” by its lead-tainted water.

“Difficult to understand a group of well trained, caring individuals, which we believe Hurley Medical Center staff is, would state that the people of Flint had something not happen to them,” Natzke said.

That’s why the Genesee County Medical Society released a statement of its own, publicly stating it disagrees with Hurley’s stance on the term “poisoned”.

Natzke scoffs at Hurley’s notion that children weren’t exposed to enough lead during the water crisis to be considered poisoned.

“Lead is a toxin,” Natzke said. “It’s a nerve toxin. It’s a heart toxin. It’s a kidney toxin. And all those areas can lead to disease later in life and possibly earlier death.”

In this case, Natzke fears that Hurley Medical Center’s actions could have an adverse on those affected by Flint’s Water Crisis.

The people of Flint will feel like their potential disease states are minimized as a result of that statement.

Natzke said he wants Flint residents to know he’s on their side.

“Most of us physicians are behind them in understanding that they were potentially injured by this,” Nazke said.

TV5 reached out to Hurley for a response, but have not received one yet.

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