Accession Number: C.2010.76.48
Dimensions: 27 in X 32 in X 5 in
Dimensions (Metric): 68.58 cm X 81.28 cm X 12.7 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Freddie Noboa
Protest sign with text "There Are No Words That Express Our Suffering" and 30 empty pill bottles, medication packaging, assorted inhalers, insulin pens, and a nebulizer hose affixed to the sign with pipe cleaners.
After responding to the World Trade Center on the morning of 9/11, paramedic Freddie Noboa aided in the rescue and recovery for more than two weeks. Within a year, his health began a steep decline. By 2008, Noboa believed he had "transformed from a healthy man to an old man," taking 23 different medications at any given time.
Noboa created this protest sign filled with empty prescription bottles and used it while advocating at public rallies for the passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.