GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The doctor who is credited with bringing the Flint water crisis to the public’s attention is receiving a prestigious recognition as one the world’s most influential people.
Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician at Hurley Hospital in Flint, and Virginia Tech professor Marc Edwards were named to TIME magazine’s list of 100 most influential people for their work in bringing attention to the drinking water crisis in Flint.
Hanna-Attisha reported high lead levels in children’s blood after state agencies initially dismissed her concerns. She is credited for bringing attention to the drinking water crisis and getting residents to stop drinking the lead-contaminated water.
“Up against official ignorance and indifference, Edwards and Hanna-Attisha were right, they were brave, and they were insistent,” wrote MSNBC host Rachel Maddow for TIME magazine’s list of 100 most influential people.
Edwards and Hanna-Attisha join people on this year’s list such as Caitlyn Jenner, Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin.