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WCBS 880 9/11 Series: Children Still Suffering Health Problems After The Attacks

Dust fills the area around the World Trade Center as the Twin Towers collapse - New York, NY - Sep 11, 2001 (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Dust fills the area around the World Trade Center as the Twin Towers collapse – New York, NY – Sep 11, 2001 (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - There has been much focus on the health problems of the first responders on 9/11, but it wasn’t just adults whose health was impacted.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell On The Story

After the Twin Towers collapsed, Mariama James’ apartment just east of the site was filled with dust.

“When I got home the first day it was so thick,” she said.

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In the months that followed, her two older children became sick.

“I get asthma attacks and I can’t breathe good,” said her son.

“I would have asthma symptoms like every time I did sports, and I did sports a lot,” said her daughter.

Their mom is convinced the problem was 9/11.

“Because they were fine before it happened and now they’re not,” she told WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell.

But Dr. Elizabeth Fiorino, a pediatric pulmonologist at Bellevue Hospital’s World Trade Center program, isn’t sure.

“It’s very difficult to say if it’s directly related to the dust exposure,” she said.

Fiorino says there is anecdotal evidence, but they’ll need more time and study to know for sure.

Did you live near the World Trade Center on 9/11 and do you have children whose health you believe was impacted by the attacks? Share your story below in the comments section.