In a world-first ruling, a coroner has today (16 December 2020) confirmed that excessive air pollution made a material contribution to the death of 9-year old Ella Kissi-Debrah.

Ella Kissi-Debrah died in February 2013 having suffered a fatal asthma attack. She had previously suffered seizures and made almost 30 hospital visits.

Air pollution will now be listed as Ella’s cause of death, the first time this has happened in the world. 

Ella Kissi Debrah

Mary Creagh, Chief Executive, Living Streets comments: 

“All children should have the right to fresh air, but this landmark decision reveals the truth that Ella was the tragic victim of London’s filthy air.

“We pay tribute to her family’s fight for justice and hope this decision will bring urgent improvements to the way government and councils move traffic around streets and communicate air pollution warnings so every child can move and can breathe freely”.