Flint's Dr. Hanna-Attisha slams emergency management in TED talk

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The pediatrician whistleblower who exposed the Flint water crisis criticized the "lost democracy" during the city's emergency management in a recently released TEDMED talk.

Originally speaking in 2016, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha discussed how Flint's near-bankruptcy led the city to be overseen by an emergency manager — whose job "was austerity — to save money no matter what the cost," she said. As we now know, emergency management made the ill-fated decision to switch water sources without first treating the water, leading to thousands of Flint's citizens to get poisoned with lead.

While working at Flint's Hurley Medical Center, Hanna-Attisha reported an increase in lead levels in the blood of Flint children in September 2015. After initially dismissing her, officials acknowledged the crisis in December 2015.

"The heroic people of Flint raised their voices, and our heroic kids raised their voices, and they raised their jugs of brown water, but this poor, predominantly minority city had lost democracy and those voices were ignored," she said. "For 18 months, the people of Flint were told to relax, that nothing was wrong, while our children ... were drinking contaminated water."

Watch Hanna-Attisha's full TEDMED talk here.

Hat-tip to MLive.

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