ITN Press Release: Nasar Ahmed

12/05/2017

 Press Statement

On behalf of the parents of Nasar Ahmed

Release: 12 May 2017

 

Download the Coroner's Narative Verdict

“The Inquest into the tragic death of our 14 year old and first born son, Nasar Ahmed, has now finished.  It has been extremely difficult to sit through the evidence of our son’s last conscious minutes.  To hear about his fear and panic, and his struggle to survive will haunt us forever. 

We are deeply saddened to now know of the missed opportunities to save Nasar’s life.  We have heard about individual errors in preparing his Independent Health Care Plan, of review and awareness systems that were ineffective, and that staff were not adequately trained.  We strongly believe that if Nasar’s care plan had been completed correctly, if staff had been aware of the care plan and if it had been followed properly, including administering an Epi-Pen as soon as possible, that Nasar would be alive today.

Following our painful loss of Nasar we hope that important lessons about the care of children suffering from asthma will be learnt and other lives saved.  1 in 11 children suffer from asthma nationwide.  Every 20 minutes a child is hospitalised due to asthma.  78% of people who die of anaphylaxis were diagnosed with asthma. Schools in London and across the country need to urgently review the care of pupils with asthma and allergies.  They need to make sure that their staff know what to do in an emergency and have the equipment to save lives.  We are grateful to all those in our local community who have supported us and prayed for us.”

The Coroner gave an extensive narrative verdict which raised significant concerns about the systems in place for pupils with emergency medical needs and the actions taken in the 10 minutes between Nasar first alerting staff to the arrival of paramedics.  The Coroner listed eight factors contributing to the situation that led to the loss of Nasar’s life.  Her conclusion was that had appropriate steps been taken that it was possible that Nasar’s life could have been saved.

The Coroner has sent five Preventing Future Death reports to a range of public bodies, including Bow School, Bart’s NHS Trust and the Chief Medical Officer.  The Coroner asked for urgent consideration to be given to the passionate plea made by the Paediatric Respiratory Consultant that Epi-Pens should be available in all public places in the same way that Defibrillators are currently. 

 

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Notes

 

Nasar’s parents are represented by Lochlinn Parker and Nadeem Thanvi of ITN Solicitors and Sam Jacobs, a barrister from Doughty Street Chambers.  All enquiries from the press and others are to made directly to Mr Parker.

 

The inquest touching upon Nasar’s death was heard over two days, Tuesday 2 May and Friday 5 May 2017, before the Senior Coroner for Inner London North, Mary Hassell.  The conclusion was handed down on 12 May 2017.

 

Nasar was a caring and gentle son and brother. His parents and family are grieving deeply for their son; they sent him to school in the morning and, like every parent, expected him to return home safely in the afternoon.  Shortly after 2pm on Thursday 10 November 2016 Nasar reported to a teacher at Bow School in Tower Hamlets that he was having difficulty breathing. Nasar became unconscious and had a cardiac arrest before he was taken by ambulance to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.  Sadly he died four days later.

 

Throughout Nasar's short life he suffered from severe asthma, eczema and had a range of severe allergies.  Nasar had an Independent Health Care Plan which should have informed the school of his health conditions and what steps to take in an emergency. 

 

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Contact:

 

Lochlinn Parker

Email:  lparker@itnsolicitors.com

Telephone: 020 8522 7707

 

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