THE heartbroken father of a toddler who died after the family were forced to live in a mouldy flat has shared a photo of the boy in a bid to prevent another tragedy.
Awaab Ishak, 2, passed away in December 2020 after damp and mouldy conditions in his home severely affected his health.
The young boy's family had been complaining about the condition of their property in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, even before the tot was born, it was said.
In summer this year, a court heard Manchester United star Axel Tuanzebe grew up in the same flats – which are owned and managed by Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH).
A pre-inquest review revealed Awaab's death was linked to the conditions he was living in.
Father Faisal Abdullah first moved to the flat in 2016, before his wife moved in two years later.
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And from the beginning of their tenancy they had mould concerns even filing a disrepair claim and trying to move home.
RBH said the damp posed no risk to health however, a pathologist said Awaab's death – which was a week after his second birthday – was linked to "environmental lung exposure".
And a report carried out by Rochdale Council after the tragedy found he had suffered "category one" harm – or extreme harm – due to mould and damp.
Suffering from breathing difficulties, Awaab was admitted to Royal Oldham Hospital and later pronounced dead.
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Today, a coroners court will start an inquest into Awaab's death and its is expected to last nine days.
Speaking ahead of the inquest, Faisal Abdullah said: "We have a number of questions that we hope the inquest process will provide answers to," reports the MEN.
"We want to ensure that any lessons to be learned are acted upon and that no other family has to go through this."
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