Meet the Only Survivor of Both Atomic Bombs Dropped on Japan
In Tokyo, Japan this week, a 93-year-old man has become the first person ever certified as a survivor of both atomic bombs dropped by the United States during World War II.
In Tokyo, Japan this week, a 93-year-old man has become the first person ever certified as a survivor of both atomic bombs dropped by the United States during World War II, according to the Associated Press.
Tsutomu Yamaguchi traveled to Hiroshima on a business trip on Aug. 6, 1945 when an American B-29 - the Enola Gay - dropped an atomic bomb on the city, killing 140,000 people. Suffering from severe burns and wrapped in bandages, he returned to Nagasaki, his hometown before the second attack.
Yamaguchi had already been certified as a hibakusha -- a radiation survivor - of the Nagasaki bombing on Aug. 9, 1945 that kill 70,000 people. He has now been confirmed as a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing three days earlier. He is the only known person to have been present at ground zero for both atomic attacks. Certification qualifies survivors for compensation, including monthly allowances, free medical checkups and funeral costs.
While many Japanese radiation survivors have grown sick and died over the years, according to The Guardian of London, Yamaguchi appears in good health despite near-deafness in one ear and complaints that his legs are "growing weak."