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Are We To Be Blamed For This 5-Year-Old’s Asthma?

Children as young as Suditi are developing asthma before they can even walk and a major reason is the pollution.

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Suditi loves to dance, but she is no longer able to go for her classes.

After living in the United States for 2 years, Suditi’s family moved to Delhi, and then began her struggle with something that we all do involuntarily; breathing. Just five years old, she already has to restrict her everyday activities because of Delhi’s pollution.

On World Asthma Day, we are talking about how India has witnessed a huge rise in asthma among children in the past decade due to a spike in environmental pollution. 10-15 percent of children under the age of 10 in the country suffer from the respiratory disease. Children as young as Suditi are developing asthma before they can even walk.

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Her condition worsens at times of high pollution and winters, forcing her to miss school.

She has to use her nebuliser 5-6 times a day to take her medicine. The doctor told her parents to move out of Delhi for her condition to get better. But to uproot a family and just up and move is not that easy.

Is this really how we want our children to grow up?

Video Editor: Kunal Mehra
Cameraperson: Abhay Sharma

(This article was first published on 2 May 2017)

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