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Invisible killer: how one girl's tragic death could change the air pollution story

22.09.2018
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In a far-reaching human rights case, Ella Kissi-Debrah could become the first person to have toxic air given as their cause of death - and finally make this silent killer visible From a tiny office on the top floor of the old town hall in Catford, south-east London, Rosamund Kissi-Debrah is leading a campaign to push air pollution on to the political agenda as never before. It has been claimed for years that pollution caused by motor vehicles, especially diesel cars, buses and lorries, is a killer, with talk of tens of thousands of premature deaths. But the number was always abstract, the identities of the dead unknown. Now, for the first time, campaigners have the name of a young victim they say died as a direct result of air pollution: Ella Roberta Kissi-Debrah, Rosamund's daughter, and if they can prove it they believe an invisible killer will become all too real.Ella, who suffered from severe asthma, died in 2013 at the age of nine. She had been suffering asthma-related seizures like the one which killed her for three years. Kissi-Debrah says her daughter, who grew up and went to school close to the busy South Circular Road in Lewisham, had cough syncope - a condition usually associated with long-distance lorry drivers who'd been driving for decades. "I couldn't work out why a nine-year-old child should have that," she tells me. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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