The black lung disease is known to affect a large number of miners, even causing them death. Over decades, this particular illness has presented an increased risk of affecting more miners. Lately, a new study has proved that miners are thought to suffer from the most advanced form of this disease, being ten times more exposed to it than shown in the reports filled in by the US government.
During the past five years, the government registered approximately one hundred cases in which miners were affected by black lung disease also known as progressive massive fibrosis. A new investigation has established that there are about a thousand such cases reported in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia.
The problem became so widespread that surprised many scientists who also work with miners. One of the miners, Mackie Branham, was diagnosed with this terrible disease. He talked about difficult breathing becomes as the disease advances and spread in the body. However, he also argued that mining is more than just a job for him.
He described feeling an almost constant pressure in his chest. Branham explained that he is not scared to death, but he is scared of not seeing his children grow up and evolve. If he were to choose again, he is sure that he would have chosen the same career without even blinking. This job helped him support his family, providing a healthy future for his kids.
Many miners support the idea of going back to work despite the risks they need to take. It must be tough for those sick men to breathe in the mine, but it also appears to be hard to let go whereas this constitutes every miners’ career. They are all passionate about their work. Miners who were diagnosed with black lung disease hope to receive a lung transplant to be able to go back to work as soon as possible.
They are probably honest people who work hard for their children and wives and desire to do everything that stands in their power to see that their beloved ones are happy and healthy. Even if they expose to this illness, they are bound to fight the health challenges that they face. For some, mining was in their families for generations, being considered one of the decent job a man could have in Appalachia.
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