The Smiley Family

Linda and Stephen Smiley have three daughters. Kim, the eldest, was born healthy in 1981. Courtney, the middle child, is not so healthy. She was born in 1984, one year after the hazardous-waste facility began operations. Courtney's many problems include unformed ears, webbed toes, numerous tumors on her cervical spine that had to be removed, and skin and respiratory problems. Linda told me in 1998 that the doctors believe that Courtney has three kidneys. Stephanie is the youngest, and she was abnormally small for her age. She, too, suffers from skin disorders and respiratory problems.

© 1996 Kim, Stephanie, and Courtney Smiley