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Mother is granted new inquest over daughter’s death from asthma

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 11 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l192
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A mother has been given permission to apply to the High Court for a fresh inquest into the death of her 9 year old daughter from asthma, after fresh evidence emerged linking it to pollution spikes above legal limits near her south London home.

Ella Kissi-Debrah, who lived by the congested South Circular Road in Lewisham, died in February 2013 after three years of seizures and 27 visits to hospital for asthma attacks. An inquest in September 2014 concluded that the cause of death was acute respiratory failure caused by a severe bronchial spasm.

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