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Barack Obama: Memory of my daughter's asthma attacks brings home the climate change debate

Published 08/04/2015 | 13:26

Barack Obama (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Barack Obama (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Sasha and Malia Obama

US president Barack Obama has said his memory of the fear over his daughter's pre-school asthma attacks brings home the debate over climate change.

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Mr Obama said he knows first-hand how scary it can be to have a child who struggles to breathe.

He is arguing that preventing climate change could improve public health by reducing illnesses such as asthma.

The president told ABC he felt "terrible" fright when a young Malia told him she could not breathe and had to be rushed to hospital.

He said he thinks every parent would wish to reduce such incidents by improving the environment.

Malia, now 16, has not had to carry an inhaler since before the family moved to the White House. But Mr Obama told CBS she still has allergies that need to be monitored.

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