Paper: Navy sailor’s health melted down after exposure to Fukushima fallout — Now a shaking, withering patient unable to walk by himself — Lives of younger service members “at stake as well” — Doctors won’t give a diagnosis (PHOTOS)
August 15th, 2013
Title: Without medical diagnosis, Utah sailor lives in limbo
Source: Deseret News (Utah)
Author: Jed Boal,
Published: Aug. 14 2013
[...] Over the last 21 months, [Lt. j.g. Steve Simmons, who served on board the USS Ronald Reagan with the U.S. Navy during Fukushima crisis] said his health has melted down, too, and he’s not alone. [...]
He believes he’s suffering from radioactive contamination [...]
Since November of 2011 Lt. j.g. Steve Simmons has been sick. He believes he’s suffering from radioactive contamination, but doctors won’t give him a diagnosis. (Simmons Family via Deseret News)
After November 2011, Simmons said he went from being a fitness buff always up for a challenging hike to a shaking and withering patient who cannot walk on his own. He’s lost 25 pounds, down to 128 pounds, and lost 25 percent to 30 percent of his muscle mass.
“The muscle weakness has progressed to the point where he needs 24-hour care,” his wife said.
[...] doctors won’t provide a diagnosis, he said. [...]
Simmons is not part of the lawsuit [150 former sailors and Marines suing Tepco].
He’s especially concerned about the younger sailors and Marines. “Their lives are at stake as well,” he said. [...]