The life of Ella Roberta: a funny, busy, clever, curious, sporty and musical child
Ella was born in Lewisham Hospital and was a healthy, young girl until just before her 7th birthday she began to develop, what was later confirmed at her inquest, rare and life threatening asthma.
The Ella Roberta Family Foundation was set up in Ella’s memory as a way of remembering her life, her passions and learning lessons from her sudden death due to very severe and rare asthma
With an estimated 40 million people living in areas with illegal levels of air pollution in the UK, it is no wonder that “the rate of asthma deaths in the UK has increased by more than 20% in five years”. (Asthma UK)
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“Awareness is key, and so is education – I would say that, as I am a teacher. We should be told more about monitoring air pollution. We have a right to know. So many children are at risk – we believe that the deaths of 16 children in the past 18 months are linked to air pollution.”
‘We can’t afford to stand by and do nothing’
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“I felt her death like a physical pain.” Now, she [Rosamund Adoo Kissi-Debrah, Ella’s Mother] wonders how many other children London’s dirty air has killed since her own loss.
The Mother Who Wants to Put Air Pollution on Her Daughter’s Death Certificate
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“This is the latest step in finding out if it was air pollution that snatched my beautiful and bubbly daughter away from me.
“While nothing will bring her back, I hope a new inquest will give me the answers I need.”
Ella Kissi-Debrah ‘pollution’ death: New inquest plea lodged
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“Ella did not have the luxury of not taking her asthma seriously… There needs to be a whole programme of education in and out of schools on the impacts of air pollution on young people’s health”
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