One of the Sept. 11 hijackers was treated in June at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale for symptoms consistent with cutaneous anthrax, according to the doctor who treated him.
Ahmed al-Haznawi and Ziad Jarrah identified themselves as pilots when they came into the hospital emergency room.
Al-Haznawi had an ugly, dark lesion on his leg that he said he developed after bumping into a suitcase two months earlier. Dr. Christos Tsonas thought the injury was curious, but he cleaned it, prescribed an antibiotic for infection and sent the men away with hardly another thought.
But after Sept. 11, when federal investigators found the medicine among the possessions of one of the hijackers, Ahmed al-Haznawi, Tsonas reviewed the case and arrived at a new diagnosis. The lesion, he said in an interview this week, â€śwas consistent with cutaneous anthrax.â€ť