Oversized trainers may have caused boy, 10, to die in school football game fall

A 10-year-old who died after falling and banging his head while playing football at school was wearing oversized trainers which may have been a factor in the tragedy, an inquest heard.

Aston Villa fan Yasir Hussain, who dreamt of becoming a professional footballer, suffered a head injury while playing at school.

Staff at Leigh Primary School, Birmingham, dialled 999 for an ambulance but it failed to turn up and the youngster was taken home by his mum when it appeared his condition was improving.

Tragically, he died five days later in November of last year, Birmingham Live reports.

Yasir, from Ward End in the city, was playing goalkeeper when he went to “save a ball and hit his head on a wall”.

He was assessed by school first aiders after a raised bump appeared on the right side of his head during a lunchtime break.

A 999 call was made by deputy headteacher Samara Azam and an ambulance was initially dispatched to the school.

After 90 minutes no paramedics arrived and the same member of staff made a second 999 call after his condition “improved” when he began to communicate more, the hearing was told.

The call handler for West Midlands Ambulance Service apologised to the teacher as the service was “extremely busy” with a surge in calls that day due to the pandemic.

She sought advice from her supervisor and a paramedic before cancelling the ambulance after Yasir’s mum Nazia Parveen said she would take her son home.

But his mum said had she received a fuller picture of his condition, she “would have made a different decision.”

Advice was given to the teacher to pass onto his family that if Yasir was to develop new symptoms to phone back 999.

His condition did deteriorate at home the same day on November 12, last year, and he died five days later at Birmingham Children’s Hospital on November 17.

First aider Zahira Mabine, who was in the playground at the time of the incident, said Yasir’s large trainers “could have been one of the factors” which led him to fall.

“I was cleaning Yasir’s legs as they were quite muddy I noticed his trainers were too big for him,” she told the inquest.

“I was able to get three fingers between his heel and the back of his trainer.”

She told his mum and grandmother who had arrived at the school after they were notified of his fall.

“I mentioned this to both of them. I was told those trainers were the ones that he wanted and that’s why they got them for him,” she said.

“I said it’s really important he has the correct shoe size because they could cause him to have a fall.”

She believed “it could have been one of the factors” which led him to fall, the hearing was told.

Describing Yasir’s appearance after assessing him, Ms Mabine said: “Initially, when I saw him he looked quite pale – his face and lips looked pale. I got him to sit on a first aid chair.

“I asked Yasir what had happened – but he couldn’t explain to me what had happened. He said to me ‘I don’t remember’.

“I asked him where it hurt and replied – ‘My head hurts’. I noticed his right eye was closed too.

“I started examining his head and that’s when I noticed just above the right side of his ear there was a considerable sized bump which was raised and it was grazed on the bump as well.

“It was like (the size) of a one pence piece. It was raised and visibly noticeable. He was closing his right eye and wanted to put his head back and was saying ‘I want to go to sleep’.”

A cold compress was put on the injury and an ambulance was called.

He later started to talk in sentences and asked to go home after 90 minutes.

Ms Azam added tearfully: “I told mum that if she had any concerns she could pick up a phone and ring for an ambulance or take him to A&E. I asked mum twice if she knew what I meant and she said that she did. That was the last time I saw Yasir.”

His mum Ms Parveen said her son told her his head was hurting and he was given some paracetamol.

She was told to take him to hospital if he got any worse and she stayed with him the whole time.

Five-and-a-half hours later at home he “very suddenly got worse”, she said.

Medical evidence will be heard at the inquest on Tuesday when the hearing continues.