“I feel Art gave his life the other night” (Maine)
Feb 2, 2011
Editor’s note: As many of our readers know, a week ago Art Lindgren suffered a major heart attack while presenting at a board meeting of the Fox Islands Electric Cooperative (Vinalhaven, Maine). Bystanders revived him and he was airlifted to a mainland hospital.
Art is home now and his heart is recovering. So writes Cheryl, his wife.
Nevertheless, the stress and heartache ominously remain. Though discharged from the hospital, Art is not recovering from the cause of his misery: the Wind Turbine Syndrome that has, in Cheryl’s words, destroyed their lives.
That remains, 24/7. “‘You can feel the pressure on your chest,’ said Lindgren’s wife, Cheryl, as she thumped a hand against her body.” Which means, of course, Art’s heart remains a ticking time bomb.
Art & Cheryl undoubtedly know it’s just a matter of time.
We dedicate this posting to George Baker, CEO of Fox Islands Wind—the developer behind the turbines tormenting the Lindgrens. We dedicate it with the hope Mr. Baker and his colleagues will weigh carefully the pleas of neighbors like the Lindgrens and Wylies and others.
Thanks so much for your concern. We are home. Art’s chest is very sore from the compressions that saved his life, bruised from the angioplasty that cleared out yet another clogged vein/artery but incredibly grateful to feel anything.
I am, today, finally breaking down, searching for the next step. While we were in the hospital we heard that another neighbor, a woman in her late seventies (who has been battling heart problems and, although she supports us and was part of the Nissenbaum study, has not been active in the group to avoid stress) was flown off the island with spiking blood pressure issues.
There are others living under the turbines that have heart problems.
Now, I know there are people saying that Art had heart problems to begin with, but we moved here in 2000 to begin a new life—a recuperation after Art was put on disability from his company.
For nine years we built our house, slowly (still happening), and our quality of life grew and grew.
After fifteen months of life under the turbines everything has been destroyed.
I feel that Art gave his life the other night. He died for these issues, for trying to bring light to the truth. It was luck and grace that the efforts to bring him back were successful.
How many other people are suffering silently? How long will it take for the right “agencies” to see what is happening? Why are we being treated like lab rats?
I’m sorry if it appears I’m rambling or venting; I hope you understand. I just wanted to say thanks for all your efforts.
Cheryl Lindgren (1/29/11)