Ogalidia Guzman’s 3-year-old son, Nathaniel, has been battling neuroblastoma, a type of cancer, for the last six months. Officials at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Ohio won’t let Nathaniel return home because of the conditions at the family’s apartment.
Guzman told WCPO that she knows there’s a problem — water began seeping into her apartment two years ago and mold and cockroaches followed soon after. She claims dirty wafter floods the apartment two or three times a week and agrees the apartment’s condition would be bad for her son.
"It hurts me a lot," Guzman said. "Everything that you breathe in here is infected.”
It’s not just Nathaniel who is being impacted. Guzman said her 4-month-old daughter keeps getting sick from the mold. "I already had to take her to the emergency room twice with a breathing infection," she said. "We just don't know who to go to or where to go or who to talk to. Everyone I've tried just doesn't know or says they can't help.”
The Cincinnati Board of Health sent an investigator to the Gateway Plaza Apartments, but officials have not made a statement on its condition. The city has ordered the complex to fix the mold problem.
According to The Cure our Children Foundation, mold can be especially dangerous to people undergoing chemotherapy.