01/03/2019

Work In Mind – Furniture toxicity: A US giant’s drive for material transparency

usinesses are increasingly taking their eco-credentials seriously, but are furniture manufacturers keeping pace? Ella Roberta Kissi-Debrah is a name worth remembering. The young girl, who suffered from asthma, died in 2013 aged nine, after struggling for three years with seizures. An inquest a year later concluded that her death was caused by acute respiratory failure and severe asthma.
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26/02/2019

Kent Live – The pilot scheme which is set to ban you from dropping your child off at school

Hundreds of head teachers are trialing bans on school runs as claims arise that car fumes are reaching "illegally high" levels outside the gates. And it is thought thousands more are due to follow suit, with campaigners fighting to make it a nationwide rule. The fumes have been linked to soaring asthma cases
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15/02/2019

Eats London Lines – Calls for new inquest into ‘air pollution’ death

Rosamund Kissi-Debrah’s nine-year-old daughter Ella died of a fatal asthma attack in 2013. However, after new evidence emerged on air pollution, Kissi-Debrah has been granted the right to ask the High Court to order a new inquest into Ella’s death by attorney general Geoffrey Cox.
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13/02/2019

New York Times – The Mother Who Wants to Put Air Pollution on Her Daughter’s Death Certificate

LONDON — Dirty air kills millions of people around the world every year, but it can be hard to put a face on a danger so vast. Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah is fighting to do just that. The face she has in mind is her daughter’s.
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11/02/2019

The Express – Health warning as 18 million breathe toxic air: Pollution kills 40,000 Britons every year

ONE in three people live in an area with dangerously high levels of air pollution, shocking research reveals today. Millions of us are exposed to potentially harmful levels of toxic air across the majority of England, a study shows.
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30/01/2019

Socialist Party – Fresh inquest into killer air pollution: nationalise energy and public transport!

The family of nine-year-old Ella Roberta have been allowed to apply for a new inquest into the wrongful death of their daughter.
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28/01/2019

Healthy London Partnership – The Ella Roberta Story

Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, parent and founder of Ella Roberta Family Foundation, a charity set up to celebrate the life of her daughter Ella who died as a result of an asthma attack, shares her experience.
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23/01/2019

The Mirror – ‘Illegal levels of pollution killed my daughter – it’s a public health emergency’

Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah’s nine-year-old daughter Ella Roberta died following a severe asthma attack, caused by illegally high levels of air pollution
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22/01/2019

Daily Mail – Lewisham girl, nine, died from toxic fumes on London’s streets

Mother who has fought for years to prove pollution killed her daughter wins huge breakthrough as she asks: ‘Why did it cost my little girl’s life to expose Britain’s dirty secret?’
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16/01/2019

ITV News – Family of girl, 9, whose death was linked to air pollution apply for new inquest

The family of a nine-year-old girl whose death was linked to unlawful levels of air pollution have been given permission by the Attorney General to apply for a fresh inquest. Ella Kissi-Debrah lived 25 metres from the South Circular Road in Lewisham in south east London - one of the capital’s busiest roads.
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16/01/2019

The Guardian – Mother wins right to seek new inquest into girl’s death linked to air pollution

The mother of a schoolgirl who died of an asthma attack linked to air pollution has won the right to seek a new inquest at the high court. The attorney general moved on Friday to quash the inquest into the death of Ella Kissi-Debrah at the age of nine, after new evidence linked it to air pollution spikes from traffic near her home in south London.
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16/01/2019

Evening Standard – Ella Kissi Debrah: Family of London schoolgirl, nine, whose death was linked to air pollution win right to seek new inquest.

The family of a nine-year-old London schoolgirl who died of an asthma attack have won the right to seek a new inquest. Ella Kissi-Debrah’s death was linked to unlawful levels of air pollution after she died in February 2013, after three years of seizures and 27 visits to hospital for hospital attacks.
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13/01/2019

Hope For New Inquest Into Ella Kissi-Debrah’s Death

THE MOTHER of a girl whose fatal asthma attack has been linked to air pollution has been granted permission by the attorney general to apply for a new inquest into her death.
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11/01/2019

BBC News – Ella Kissi-Debrah ‘pollution’ death: Backing for new inquest

The attorney general has agreed to allow an application for a fresh inquest into the death from asthma of a nine-year old girl. He acted after hearing new evidence linking Ella Kissi-Debrah's death to illegal levels of air pollution near her home in south London. Lawyers acting for the family said it was a "hugely important" step. No individual death has previously been officially linked to illegal levels of air pollution.
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11/01/2019

UK Health Alliance – ATTORNEY GENERAL GIVES PERMISSION FOR NEW INQUEST INTO DEATH OF ELLA KISSI-DEBRAH

The family of nine-year-old Ella Roberta Kissi-Debrah, whose death has been linked to unlawful levels of air pollution, has been given permission by the Attorney General to apply for a fresh inquest.
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06/10/2018

Lewisham Ledger – Issue 3, Fighting for Ella

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01/10/2018 / In The Press

UNEnvironment – New inquest into death of London girl could boost air pollution fight

Ella – a vibrant and playful Londoner who loved gymnastics, swimming and football – was just nine years old when she died. For the first six years of her life, Ella was the picture of health. Everything changed after she picked up a bad chest infection in October 2010.
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22/09/2018

The Guardian – Invisible killer: how one girl’s tragic death could change the air pollution story

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
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31/08/2018

BBC News – Ella Kissi-Debrah ‘pollution’ death: New inquest call

A mother has delivered a 100,000-signature petition to the Attorney General, calling for a new inquest into her daughter's death.
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31/08/2018

The Guardian – Air pollution killed my daughter – and now I can prove it

If illegal levels of air pollution had a role in Ella’s death, a new inquest could help save other children
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24/08/2018

DailyMail – Grieving mother of nine-year-old asthmatic girl demands a second inquest into her death after new evidence reveals high pollution levels near her home

A grieving mother is demanding a second inquest into the death of her nine-year-old daughter following the release of new evidence which reveals high pollution levels near her home.
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24/07/2018

Amisha Patel – Asthma and Air pollution – justice for Ella Kissi-Debrah

I feel really honoured as well as deeply sadden to have been asked to help raise awareness of this particular issue. Some of you may have seen in the papers last week the news that the death of a nine year old girl could be linked to illegal levels of air pollution. The guardian reported that legal documents have revealed that the spikes in air pollution in London could have been linked to Ella Kissi-Debrah’s death in 2013.
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19/07/2018

DailyMail – Ella Kissi-Debrah lived on one of Britain’s busiest roads when she suffered a fatal asthma attack

Death by traffic fumes? Ella Kissi-Debrah, nine, lived on one of Britain’s busiest roads when she suffered a fatal asthma attack... now scientists believe there is a link which could have profound implications for millions
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18/07/2018

New Scientist – The death of 9-year-old girl may be a tipping point for air pollution

The family of Ella Kissi-Debrah want an inquest to rule air pollution as the cause of her death, while other legal cases are challenging government inaction on dirty air
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07/07/2018

The Guardian – Interview ‘In the days around Ella’s death, there were big spikes in air pollution’

The evening before she died, Ella Kissi-Debrah picked the outfit she wanted to wear to her primary school disco the following day: new jeans and a checked top. Her mother laid them out next to her school uniform, but a few hours later the nine-year-old suffered an acute asthma attack. She never made it to the party.
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05/07/2018

Global Citizen – UK Air Pollution Could Be Cited as the Cause of Death in a Historic Case

Illegally high levels of air pollution could be cited as the cause of death of a 9-year-old girl in London, in what would a historic case in the UK. Ella Kissi-Debrah, from Lewisham, died following an asthma attack in February 2013. She had been admitted to hospital on many occasions over the three previous years. But new evidence has reportedly suggested a “striking association” between particularly high levels of air pollution near her home, and the timings of her hospital visits.
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05/07/2018

EcoWatch – London Schoolgirl’s Death Linked to Illegal Levels of Air Pollution

A 9-year-old girl's death from asthma has been linked to illegal levels of air pollution in the UK, the first such reported fatality.
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05/07/2018

Highways Magazine- Girl’s death ‘strongly linked’ to air pollution

The death of a nine-year-old girl from an asthma attack may be the first fatality in the UK to be directly connected to air pollution, after a professor found a ‘striking’ link between her condition and spikes in toxic air.
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04/07/2018

The Independent – Young girl’s death first to be linked to illegal levels of air pollution

A young girl’s death from asthma is the first to be linked directly to illegal levels of air pollution. Ella Kissi-Debrah died in February 2013 after three years of seizures and 27 visits to hospital for asthma attacks.
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04/07/2018

The Guardian – Child’s asthma death linked to illegal levels of air pollution

‘Striking association’ found between nine-year-old’s hospital admissions and local spikes in air pollution
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04/07/2018

Hodge Jones and Allen – Attorney General asked to quash nine year old’s inquest as new evidence links her death with unlawful pollution levels

Leading human rights lawyer, Jocelyn Cockburn has written to the Attorney General asking him to quash the inquest conclusion of a nine-year old girl and order a fresh inquest because new evidence has come to light that London’s unlawfully high levels of air pollution contributed to her death. It is believed that air pollution has never before been cited on a UK death certificate.
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04/07/2018

The Times – Girl’s death from asthma linked to car pollution

The death of a nine-year-old girl after repeated asthma attacks has been linked to air pollution on busy roads close to her home. It may become the first death directly attributed to illegal levels of air pollution in the UK and if confirmed will strengthen the case for tougher penalties against high polluting diesel vehicles.
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03/07/2018

The Telegraph – First death linked to air pollution as government asthma advisor finds ‘striking association’ with girl’s fatality

A nine year-old girl's fatal asthma attack is the first death to be linked directly to air pollution.
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19/06/2018

Ameyaw Debrah.com – Meet Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, the secondary school teacher who ran for Lewisham East MP

PEOPLE & LIFESTYLE Meet Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, the secondary school teacher who ran for Lewisham East MP ByAmeyaw DebrahPublished on June 19, 2018 SHARE TWEET COMMENT During last week’s by-elections in the UK Parliament constituency of Lewisham East, a friend sent me the results, which had the name of a Ghanaian in the running.
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12/06/2018

The Standard – Green candidate in Lewisham East by-election who lost daughter to severe asthma attack

The mother of a young girl who died after a severe asthma attack is ramping up her fight against toxic air by taking her first step into politics. Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah is standing for the Green Party’s candidate in the Lewisham East by-election on Thursday and is calling for the proposed ban on diesel cars to be brought forward by a decade.
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12/05/2017

Friends of the Earth – UK air pollution and asthma: the right to clean air

Tell me a little about the Ella Roberta Family foundation We educate people and raise awareness about the seriousness of asthma. We want to understand the reasons why it’s not being taken seriously. One of the areas we’ve branched out into is looking at the pollution levels in Lewisham [south east London] because they are very high. This brought us in contact with Friends of the Earth.
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11/07/2016

Lewisham Council Meeting – Ella Roberta Foundation

Lewisham Council Agenda item - The Ella Roberta Foundation
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06/06/2016

The Huffington Post – Rosamund Kissi-Debrah To Sue Over London Air Pollution Levels After Daughter Died Of Asthma Attack

A grieving mother has described the "horrendous" asthma attack - she suspects caused by air pollution - that killed her daughter. Rosamund Kissi-Debrah spoke on Monday of her plans to sue the Mayor of London for illegal pollution levels, following her child Ella's death aged nine in February 2013.
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06/06/2016

ITV – Did London’s dirty air contribute to my daughters death? Mother demands an inquiry

Mum Rosamund Kissi-Debra has asked a leading human rights lawyer to press for a new inquest into Ella's death. She told BBC Radio 4 Today her daughter began to suffer a series of chronic attacks three years before she died.
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05/06/2016

iNews – Bereaved mother Rosamund Kissi-Debrah prepared to sue Government over air pollution

A mother whose daughter suffered from a fatal asthma attack is demanding an independent inquiry into her child’s death and is prepared to sue the Mayor of London for failing to keep air pollution in the capital at a safe level.
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05/06/2016

The Guardian – Mother wants inquiry into role of pollution in daughter’s asthma death

Lawyer for Rosamund Kissi-Debrah says government may be in breach of duty of care over death of nine-year-old in London
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07/05/2015

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS – Local pupils craft a heartfelt donation to Lewisham Hospital

To mark World Asthma Day on Tuesday, five pupils from Holbeach Primary School raised over £200 for the Ella Roberta Foundation by crafting 1,000 handmade paper cranes for the children’s ward at Lewisham Hospital.
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29/09/2014

The NewsShopper – Mystery over death of Hither Green girl whose asthma baffled doctors

A Hither Green mum still has questions over the final moments of her daughter's life, who died due to an unusual type of asthma which baffled doctors.
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13/02/2014

The NewsShopper – The “Medical Mystery” which killed an asthmatic nine-year-old daughter

A HITHER Green mum is hoping a foundation she has set up will help research the "medical mystery" which killed her asthmatic nine-year-old daughter.
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