Plans for a new homeless shelter in D.C. might make asthma worse for some kids

"He was wheezing, throwing up, coughing," she said of that evening last autumn. "He couldn't really breathe." She ultimately had to call an ambulance. He's been taken to the hospital for asthma 10 times since then, she said. "I don't want to keep going back to the hospital," she said. "When you keep going back to the hospital they think you [are] doing something, and it's not that. It's the environment you're in."


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  • K8sMom2002

    Wow, Jen … these folks can't seem to catch a break. I wonder if the city fathers have at least looked at the dollars and cents cost of burdening the hospitals with the task of caring for indigent and underinsured patients? Sometimes only dollars and cents and bottom lines are what gets a bureaucrat's attention. 

  • Jen

    Who knows?  I also think space probably plays a factor.  Sounds like they found some good space, though another one was offered (that wasn't as potentially harmful).