Coroner warns MoD over future sickle cell deaths

Mail Online | 12/30/2019 | Rod Ardehali For Mailonline
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A coroner has warned of more deaths after two African military recruits sent to the UK for training collapsed and died within days of each other while on exercise.

Both recruits were training at Whittington Barracks in Staffordshire and suffered from undiagnosed sickle cell disease - a blood condition that be fatal during extreme exercise and most commonly affects people with African ancestry.

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Kamil Iddrisu, 25, from Malawi, died on November 17, and Youngson Nkhoma, 31, from Ghana, collapsed and died ten days later.

Both were treated at Good Hope Hospital in Birmingham and had suffered severe kidney damage, an inquest heard.

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Birmingham and Solihull coroner Louise Hunt conducted an inquest earlier this month and warned there had been three other cases of the same sort collapse among soldiers in the UK. All were taken seriously ill but had survived.

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