What the Eyes Don't See
What the Eyes Don't See A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in An American City By Hanna-Attisha, Mona Book - 2018

The word “hero” is way overused but if you ever want to learn about a genuine honest-to-goodness hero, grab up a copy of “What the Eyes Don’t See” by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. If not for Dr. Mona and her team of doctors, scientists, supporters and friends, the poisoning of the water supply in Flint, Michigan might never have become known. The people of Flint knew there was something wrong with their tap water, but they were continually told that it was fine by numerous state and local officials. Dr. Mona, a pediatrician at Flint’s public hospital, believed those officials and encouraged her patients to drink it. However, a meeting with an old friend, Elin Betanzo, who formerly was a water engineer with the EPA, spurred her to question what everyone was being told about the water. She and her team attacked the problem scientifically and aggressively and discovered what is now common knowledge. The water was poisoning the citizens of Flint, government officials knew about it and tried to cover it up, rather than do their jobs and protect the public. Dr. Mona risked her career and reputation to save her “kids”, the children of Flint, from the awful effects of lead poisoning. Her book is a gripping, first-hand account of bringing the Flint water crisis to light. She is not the only hero in this story, but the citizens of Flint might still be using tap water laced with lead if she had not taken action when action was desperately needed. That is the definition of a hero.

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