• Monday, June 05, 2023


Birmingham boy’s death was accidental, says coroner, but mum blames school

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By: Pooja Shrivastava

THE DEATH of a 10-year-old boy, who died while playing football at school, has been ruled out as an accident by a coroner on Thursday (17).

Yasir Hussain hit his head while playing football at lunchtime at Leigh Primary School in Birmingham in November last year.

First aid was administered and emergency services were called, but the ambulance failed to arrive on time.

Since paramedics failed to show up, Yasir’s mother was called and he was sent home an hour later after he began to feel better. He reportedly walked unaided out of school.

A few hours later, he passed out at home and was rushed to Birmingham Children’s hospital where emergency surgery was carried out.

He passed away five days later due to “an un-survivable brain injury”.

“Yasir hit his head on either the playground wall or floor or a combination of both while playing football at school in the playground,”  Birmingham coroner Louise Hunt said, adding that he should have been sent to hospital sooner, but that might not have saved his life.

However, the boy’s mother, Nazia Parveen, has blamed the school for her son’s death.

“I think the school is to blame as this happened in school,” the Mirror quoted Parveen as saying.

“I would have taken him to hospital straight away, they were saying he was pale and had a fall,” she added. “I just want my justice for my son.”

On the day of the incident, the boy was attended to by a member of school staff who noticed he was unsteady on his feet and complained that his head hurt, but reportedly could not recall how he had hurt his head.

“He was treated with a cold compress and cared for by two first aiders” said the coroner who also mentioned that “it was noted that his shoes were too big”.

Jason Wiles, the paramedic leading the review, told the inquest the emergency services call handler should have told the school to “wait for the ambulance to arrive or to take him to hospital themselves”. Instead, he was allowed to go home with his mother.

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