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‘It is so scary’: how the UK’s filthy air is sending children to A&E

Sixteen-month-old Madalena grins and throws her flashing ball across the consulting room, oblivious to the conversation going on around her.  Her mother, Patricia Correia, is explaining to the doctor that the family is thinking of returning to Portugal after a series of “wheezing episodes” that have forced the toddler to be rushed to A&E five times in the past six months. Once she was so ill, she was kept in for four days.  “It is very, very frightening because you can see her struggling, starting to breathe really fast,” Correia tells the consultant. “And I know her oxygen saturation level is dropping because I am a nurse. It is so scary.”  Read more...

 

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