One thing that has come to light and actually shocked me is that it is illegal for schools to carry emergency asthma inhalers. This is shocking because there are a lot of kids these days with the condition (it is one of the most common in the UK) and still, people underestimate the simplest of facts.
Asthma can kill.
Asthma will kill.
I have had inhalers on and off for most of my childhood and certainly for the entirety of my adult life and know how easy it can be to forget your inhaler or lose it, or even forget to order a new one. Now this is me speaking as an adult here, but imagine how much easier it is for a child who is focused on just going out and having as much fun as they can. If that child then went on to have an attack, the consequences could be tragic and far reaching. No one should have to die from asthma, and that goes for kids as well.
When I was at school, the teacher used to keep an inhaler for every child in the room that had it (at one point there were about 4 of us and we used to club together to take them) and it was accessible wherever and whenever we needed it. But there wasn't an emergency supply if we didn't have one with us that day. I think that if there was an emergency inhaler kit in schools, then it would be saving lives and I think it is important that this is addressed. No family should ever have to suffer like Olivia's did that day. Click here to sign the petition and get this silly law overturned.
3 years ago