News Channel 8
Investigative Reporter Steve Andrews
Published: December 11, 2015
“This is illogical. It’s idiotic that that veteran would get an answer like that,” Senator Bill NelsonDrinking and bathing in toxic water at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina has caused medical nightmares for countless Marines and their families.
“They’re losing major organs from their body, they’re dying, and it seems like they don’t care,” Judy Zambito said. Judy’s husband Joe is a former Marine, stationed at Camp Lejeune. Joe lost his right kidney to cancer in 1999. He lost his bladder then his left kidney to cancer in 2010.
“So his life now is to live the rest of his life on dialysis,” Judy explained. The Zambitos learned about Camp Lejeune contamination from the news. When Joe went to the VA to be evaluated in 2012, Judy points out that he was never seen by a VA doctor.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry ties kidney and several other cancers to the Camp Lejeune water contamination. But in Joe’s case, the VA didn’t. Records show Joe’s private doctors were not consulted nor were his private medical records reviewed. Nonetheless, the VA determined his kidney cancer was not connected to Camp Lejeune, but his bladder cancer was.
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