Flint water crisis doctor to graduates: Fight for justice

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A doctor credited with bringing Flint’s crisis with lead-tainted drinking water to light after state agencies initially dismissed her concerns has told Michigan State University graduates to “raise their hands” and fight for justice.

Mona Hanna-Attisha, who spoke Friday at the undergraduate commencement ceremony, says things are improving because residents, journalists, researchers and others have spoken out.

The Hurley Hospital pediatrician reported high levels of lead in the blood of children and pleaded with the public to stop drinking the water, which had been releasing lead from old pipes. Gov. Rick Snyder eventually acknowledged what she found and gave her full credit.

Hanna-Attisha is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine.

There are 5,414 MSU undergraduate degree candidates and 2,448 advanced degree candidates.

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