Coping with Highest Blood Level in Genesee County

Flint resident Aaron Stinson, 39, discusses hearing news that he has the highest blood lead level in Genesee County for adults during the Flint water crisis. 

Stinson’s also worried. He said much of the news coverage on the Flint crisis has focused on children and not the potential impact lead poisoning can have on adults, as well.  He no longer trusts any water system and even questions the water at the restaurants he frequents in and outside of Flint.

“I still want to be in denial a little bit,” he said. “It’s surreal. I’m basically going to have to live with this until it takes its toll on my body. It’s just a matter of time. All I can do is keep going forward and hopefully, I can stretch my life out as long as I can.”

Video & photo credit – Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) e-mailed the Free Press on February 17 that since Oct. 1, 2015, only 44 of the 3,674 adult blood-lead level tests in Flint showed results greater than or equal to 5 ug/dl.

The state confirmed Mr Stinson’s blood-lead level of 27, which has been the highest recorded and one of four higher than 15 to date. It is more than 5 times the level considered toxic to humans.

Stinson said he’s not sure what his future holds, but he’s hopeful his experience will be a cautionary tale for others.

“I just want people to be aware,” Stinson said. “Be aware of what’s in their bodies, to be aware of their children’s bodies because a lot of things go unheard and unsaid. Go to the doctor and get tested as a community. I’m glad I did because really, this isn’t limited to Flint. This is a nationwide thing.”

 

Attribution: Lead in Flint man's blood is 5 times what's toxic

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