Rosamund Kissi-DebrahFri 31 Aug 2018 08.07 BST
My beloved nine-year old daughter Ella Roberta was a bubbly, healthy and happy child, yet she died on 15 February 2013. It all started with a chest infection in October 2010, which led to Ella suffering from respiratory issues for the remainder of her short life. She was admitted to hospital 27 times over a three-year period with life-threatening asthma, including three spells in intensive care.
Ella’s final hospital admission happened during one of the worst air pollution episodes in our area of south London
I am still fighting for answers. At the inquest into her unexpected death, the pathologist told the court that Ella had one of the worst cases of asthma recorded. The inquest concluded that Ella died due to a severe asthma attack followed by a seizure, possibly caused by an allergic reaction to something in the air. But the exact cause has remained a mystery. Today I’m delivering a petition with more than 100,000 signatures to the attorney general, asking for a new inquest.
I am getting closer to understanding what that “something in the air” was. After Ella died, a member of the public suggested that I investigate the spike in air pollution on the night before Ella’s death. That was a turning point. After a lot of research, and with the help of my lawyer, Jocelyn Cockburn, I now have research evidence from Prof Stephen Holgate, an expert in asthma management, that Ella’s frequent hospital admissions were linked to illegal levels of air pollution.