Gosport mum backs report into asthma deaths

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Holly Sparshott
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A MUM whose teenage daughter died after suffering an asthma attack has backed a report into the condition.

The new report found ‘complacency’ among medics and patients lead to unnecessary asthma deaths.

Sarah Sparshott, 41, of Elson, Gosport started a campaign after her daughter Holly, 12, died.

Speaking to The News, Sarah said: ‘I tried to get her in for a consultant.

‘My GP decided she wasn’t bad enough, which I think is terrible.

‘We’re raising awareness about how serious it can be.

‘I started doing that two weeks after I lost Holly.’

Brockhurst Medical Centre said it could not comment due to patient confidentiality.

As reported, Holly suffered an asthma attack on September 25 in 2012, falling into a coma before dying on October 24.

The Royal College of Physicians report found 45 per cent of 195 people who died in their final asthma did not have any medical help.

The National Review of Asthma Deaths said 5.5m people suffer from asthma.

It is recommending more training for health professionals and better training for patients in managing their condition.