Tuesday, October 19

“Environmental pollution contributed to her death”: the trial for the death of a British girl that sets a historical precedent


Ella Kissi-Debrah
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Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah lived 25 meters from one of the most congested thoroughfares in South East London.

A 9-year-old girl who died after suffering an asthma attack has become the first person in the UK to have the cause of death classified as environmental pollution.

Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, who lived in Lewisham, near South Circular Road – the southern section of the congested ring road in the London metropolitan area – died in 2013.

The Southwark Court of Inquiry – the district where the girl lived – found that environmental contamination “materially contributed” to Ella’s death.

Professor Gavin Shaddick, a government adviser on pollution issues, called it “a landmark failure.”


www.bbc.com

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