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I breathe the same polluted air that Ella Kissi-Debrah did. Change must be her legacy | Anjali Raman-Middleton

17.12.2020
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For the first time, air pollution has been recognised as a cause of death. The dangers are known, and people of colour are most at riskI live less than five minutes from the road that killed Ella Kissi-Debrah. Like so many in our community, I spend much of my life near the South Circular, a major road that runs through south London, whether I'm walking to the train station or catching a bus, and I can often hear the traffic. In a landmark ruling, Ella has now become the first person in the UK to have air pollution officially recognised by a coroner as a cause of death.The result of the inquest will, first and foremost, give some sense of justice to the family. I was in Ella's year at primary school. After she died at just nine years old in February 2013, I saw her mum, Rosamund, spend years fighting for the death to be examined by a second coroner. Thanks to this courageous campaign, which included finding expert medical advice, the second coroner concluded that "air pollution was a significant contributory factor to both the induction and exacerbation of her asthma". As Rosamund has said, the judgment means that the family can finally rest - and have a Christmas knowing that some justice is done. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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