Nurse’s plea to move ill boy from ‘health risk’ flat

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A toddler with a life-threatening breathing disease is languishing on a council house waiting list despite a hospital saying it is vital he is moved for health reasons.

Riley Brown, aged three, has lived with his mum, Jemma, in a council flat in Farraxton Square, Camp Hill, Northampton since he was born.

But specialists at Northampton General Hospital fear that cigarette smoke from other flats in the block, as well as damp, are making him ill enough to shorten his life expectancy. He has been in hospital five times because of bacteria associated with damp conditions and passive smoking is recognised as being highly dangerous for cystic fibrosis patients.

It is also highly recommended that children with cystic fibrosis have outdoor space to exercise. But the small communal garden at Farraxton Square is full of dangerous sharp objects and littered with of dog faeces.

However, Mrs Brown’s attempts to move to a new council property over more than two years have failed.

A letter to Northampton Borough Council in support of a move, from Anita Crutchley, the children’s cystic fibrosis specialist nurse at NGH, says:

“If Riley is to enjoy a good quality of life and reach adulthood in spite of the difficulties caused by CF, it is vital he lives as healthy a lifestyle as possible.”

Mrs Brown said: “I can’t think of a reason those above us on list might have that is more important than a child’s health?”

Northampton Borough Council said it is reviewing Mrs Brown’s application.