Nun Dies Of Respiratory Disease After Serving At Ground Zero

November 03, 2006

A nun who spent six months working at the World Trade Center site has died.

While the official cause of death has not yet been determined, Sister Cynthia Mahoney believed her lungs were damaged from the six months she spent working as a chaplain and EMT downtown.

The 54-year-old nun died Wednesday at her home in South Carolina.

In interviews, she said she developed asthma, along with respiratory, digestive and lung problems from working at the site.

At her request, her autopsy results will be included in a class action lawsuit filed by first responders.