"I noticed his trainers were too big for him."
An inquest heard that a schoolboy who died after falling and banging his head was wearing oversized trainers which “may have been a factor”.
Yasir Hussain fell and hit his head against a wall whilst playing football at Leigh Primary School in Birmingham.
After an ambulance failed to turn up, the 10-year-old was taken home by his mother. However, his condition worsened and he was taken to hospital.
He died on November 17, 2020, five days after the fall.
First aider Zahira Mabine, who was stationed 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”.
Ms Mabine told the inquest: “I was cleaning Yasir’s legs as they were quite muddy I noticed his trainers were too big for him.
“I was able to get three fingers between his heel and the back of his trainer.”
She told his mother and grandmother when they arrived at the school.
Ms Mabine continued: “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.
“I said it’s really important he has the correct shoe size because they could cause him to have a fall.”
Describing the schoolboy’s appearance, 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’.
“It was the fact that he wanted to go to sleep and kept wanting to put his head back and close his eyes.”
“He kept saying his head was hurting, so he didn’t want to answer many questions rather than him being unable to.”
Another first aider, Susan Alder, said that an ambulance was called based on Yasir’s appearance.
Lunchtime supervisor Rizwana Khursheed said that other children came to her and told her that Yasir had fallen.
The inquest was shown playground CCTV from 12:41 pm, however, the footage did not capture the moment he fell.
Louise Hunt, the Senior Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull, said the recording was “disjointed”.
Ms Khursheed said: “He (Yasir) did try and say something, but I couldn’t understand what he was saying.
“They (other kids) were all shouting and talking. I couldn’t hear him (Yasir) properly. It was quite loud. There was too much going on.
“I was there – but I didn’t understand (what he was saying). There was too much noise.”
She said she did not hear Yasir say anything coherently.
She added: “I tried to help him up. I held his hand. He wasn’t feeling very well. I saw his face. I thought he couldn’t walk. I thought he was hurt.
“He wasn’t standing up properly. I told him to sit down and he just sat down on the floor.”
Yasir later started to talk in sentences and asked to go home.
Deputy Headteacher Samara Azam said:
“At that point, it made me a bit more reassured that actually he wasn’t as hurt as I initially thought, that he was communicating with me and he was getting better, not worse.
“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.”
The schoolboy’s mother, Nazia Parveen, said the school phoned her and told her “to quickly make your way to school”.
She explained that Yasir’s head was hurting and he was given some paracetamol.
Ms Parveen was told to take Yasir to hospital if his condition worsened.
The hearing continues.