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Childhood Lead Poisoning: One Family's Story

MetroHealth nurse with one of her patients being treated for high lead levels.

Cleveland and other parts of Cuyahoga County have among the highest rates of lead poisoning in the country. In certain neighborhoods as many as one in four children tested for lead have elevated levels that can wreak havoc on their developing brains. Yet federal funding to help rid local homes of lead runs out May 31st. As part of a special Be Well series called “Lead: Crisis Abandoned” producer Kay Colby gives us a glimpse of what lead poisoning does to a child’s body and the problems it poses for society as a whole.

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