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Grieving mum’s shock at pollution death toll

Tragic loss:  Ella Roberta Adoo-Kissi-Debrah

THE mother of a nine-year-old girl who died of an asthma attack linked to air pollution says she is shocked by a report saying the problem could kill 160,000 over the next decade.

However, Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah said she was ‘not surprised’ at the British Heart Foundation study estimating stroke and heart attack deaths triggered by toxic air will almost double to the equivalent of 40 fatalities a day. She told Metro: ‘The study is truly shocking. Drastic action is needed now, not tomorrow.’

Her daughter Ella Roberta died in 2013 after living next to the South Circular in Lewisham, London. An inquest examining claims her health problems were made worse by air pollution is to be held later this year.