High Court grants new inquest for tragic Lewisham child Ella Kissi Debrah

A fresh inquest will be held into the death of a nine-year-old girl who had a fatal asthma attack linked by a government scientist to air pollution.

Ella Kissi Debrah lived a matter of yards from the South Circular Road in Forest Hill.

Her mother Rosamund said in a statement after the high court granted the new hearing: “I am absolutely delighted by today’s ruling and look forward to finally getting the truth about Ella’s death.

“The past six years of not knowing why my beautiful, bright and bubbly daughter died has been difficult for me and my family, but I hope the new inquest will answer whether air pollution took her away from us.

“If it is proved that pollution killed Ella then the government will be forced to sit up and take notice that this hidden but deadly killer is cutting short our children’s lives.”

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