June 17, 2018

It's the age-old question: Is the glass half empty, of half full? For the people of Flint Michigan, it's far from being a settled issue. Some three years after the city's water crisis first made headlines, many people still don't believe their tap water is safe.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha did not set out to be a whistleblower: "It is my duty as a pediatrician to be an advocate for my kids," she said.

It was as simple, and as complicated, as that. Dr. Mona, as she is called, is a pediatrician at Flint's public hospital and a professor at Michigan State University's College of Medicine.

"I happened to be kind of the right person at the right place with the right training at the right time," she told Teichner. "This water crisis, literally, kind of fell in my lap."

A horrifying crisis that branded Flint as the nation's poster child for government gone wrong.

On April 25, 2014, Flint, Michigan switched from water purchased from the City of Detroit to water pumped from the Flint River as a way to save money. It didn't take long before Flint residents started complaining that something was wrong with the water.

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On September 24, 2015, Dr. Hanna-Attisha revealed that in the 17 months since the switch to Flint River water, the number of children with high levels of lead in their blood had doubled, and in some neighborhoods tripled.

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Cohen Milstein is court-appointed Interim Co-Lead Counsel on behalf of Flint, Michigan residents and businesses harmed by exposure to toxic levels of lead, and other substances, in the city’s drinking water in ten related class action lawsuits filed in federal court.