7 year-old “covered in blood”, mother with rashes over “entire body” — Tests found elevated HEXANE, xylene, octane from nearby gas well (METHANE)

Friday, September 24, 2010
By Paul Martin

September 24th, 2010

Flight for survival: Toxic emissions force family to leave home, Wise County Messenger, September 23, 2010:


[The rash] literally covered my entire body – my scalp all the way down to the bottoms of my feet,” [Lisa] Parr recalled. “I made multiple trips to the emergency room. I had six doctors working on me, and they couldn’t figure out what it was.” …

Medical tests confirmed the toxins in Lisa’s system matched toxins found in the atmosphere in an air-quality investigation… at a nearby gas well site. … The investigation found elevated levels of ethane, pentane, hexane, octane, xylene and nonane, all potentially toxic chemicals. Four days later, a medical test discovered the same chemicals inside Lisa. …

“I was pretty much losing my memory,” she said. “I couldn’t walk straight, and I kept falling down. I started shaking uncontrollably. My face drew up. I was stuttering very bad.” …

“My [7-year old] daughter began having severe nosebleeds,” she said. “She’d wake me up at 6 a.m., crying, covered in blood.” … She’d never had any respiratory problems. Emma also started breaking out in rashes and having stomach problems. … “The methane level in my daughter’s room was at asphyxiation levels…”
The article notes that “On Saturday, Aug. 28, the Parrs said goodbye to their formerly idyllic home and moved into Bob’s office in Denton. They don’t know how long they’ll have to stay.”

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