Mother wins right to seek new inquest into girl’s death linked to air #pollution | Environment | The Guardian
“Now I hope a new inquest will make those in power realise that our children are dying as a result of the air that they breathe. This cannot go on.
“Why is this not being taken more seriously by the government? What do we need to do to make them prioritise our children’s lives over convenience and the rights of people to pollute?”
Ella lived 25 metres (82ft) from the heavily polluted South Circular Road in Lewisham. She died in February 2013 after three years of seizures and 27 visits to hospital for asthma attacks.
An expert last year linked her death to the dangerously high levels of pollution from diesel traffic that breached legal limits.
Jocelyn Cockburn, a partner at the law firm Hodge Jones & Allen, who represents Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, said the decision was a major step towards justice for the family.