News from Caroline Russell: High Court grant new inquest into Ella Kissi-Debrah asthma death

02 May 2019

High Court grant new inquest into Ella Kissi-Debrah asthma death

The High Court has decided to open a new inquest into the death of Ella Kissi-Debrah. The Attorney General Rt Hon Geoffrey Cox QC gave consent for the application after receiving new evidence linking Ella’s death to illegal levels of air pollution. Almost 180,000 people signed a petition supporting a new inquest, including the Mayor of London. 

Caroline Russell said:

This is welcome news for Ella’s family who watched her health suffer during high pollution episodes. They saw for themselves the horrifying link between bad air and severe childhood asthma.  This is about Ella and all the other children living with life-threatening asthma.

This new inquest will allow a better understanding of the role that air pollution played in Ella’s death and will be a landmark case.

This could have huge implications for the public bodies who will no longer be able to escape the consequences of their inaction and it could open them to financial and legal risks

Notes to editors

Ella Kissi-Debrah who lived 25 metres from the South Circular Road in London, died in 2013 after three years of seizures and 27 visits to hospital for asthma attacks. 

An inquest in September 2014 concluded Ella’s death was caused by acute respiratory failure and severe asthma. 

Professor Stephen Holgate found that spikes in air pollution could be linked to Ella’s 27 asthma episodes that left her in a hospital bed. 

Petition on – Inquest to find if air pollution caused by daughter’s death

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