“I have a total of nine different problems that have occurred since 2013 or 2014,” said Sadler. “A lot of them are bronchitis, asthma, Barret’s esophagus. These things are with you every day.”
Sadler was on the 76th floor of World Trade Center Building Two.
As he got to safety, he spent hours covered in dust, inhaling the now known poisonous air that covered New York City that day.
“We just inhaled asbestos dust from everything that was insulated in the building,” said Sadler.
It is cases like Sadler’s where attorney Michael Barasch is calling on the government to ensure that first responders and 9/11 survivors receive the vaccine as soon as possible.
“You are sick,” said Barasch. “You can’t navigate this complex system of trying to get an appointment online. So I’m begging the governor to set up a special hotline for the 9/11 community.”
Barasch represents 20,000 people who are living with the long-term respiratory side effects from the collapse of the Twin Tower. One hundred of his clients have died so far after contracting coronavirus.
“The causes of death COPD and COVID or COVID and cancer are specified in the death certificates,” said Barasch. “In all cases, these people had underlying illnesses that made it impossible for them to fight the virus.”