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Thursday, August 7, 2008
children frequently hospitalized after living in FEMA trailer
We received a FEMA trailer shortly after the storm. During the 6 months that I lived there with them I took my then 2 year old to the hospital 4 times and my daughter 2 times. They stayed sick with sinus like symptoms and stomach problems and went to the doctor every other week. My husband and I separated and I Moved out but the kids stayed with him a couple nights a week in the trailer. A couple of months later my daughter got sick at the trailer and said she was so dizzy she could not get out of bed. Then my son had to be rushed to the emergency room and almost died from an asthma attack. I feel certain the trailer contributed to all these illnesses. I made sure my children never went back in the trailer after that and they have both been doing fine but they have to take daily medication for sinus and have to do occasional breathing treatments for the asthma. Thank goodness the FEMA issue surfaced because my children would probably still be stuck in that trailer.