A 36-year-old nurse had died after contracting the COVID-19 virus.
Areema Nasreen died shortly after midnight surrounded by her colleagues in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Walsall Manor Hospital in the West Midlands.
Nasreen had dedicated 16 years of her life to nursing.
The mother-of-three developed symptoms of COVID-19 on 13th March. These symptoms included a high temperature, body aches and then a persistent cough.
One week after developing the symptoms, Nasreen was tested for COVID-19. A Doctor at the hospital told Sky News that her condition “deteriorated very quickly”.
Her family believed at one point that Nasreen had managed to get through the worst of the illness and that she would make a full recovery.
But Nasreen’s condition deteriorated rapidly.
In a loving tribute to her posted on Facebook, her friend Rubi Aktar said:
“My beautiful best friend, Areema Nasreen, has just passed away. My heart is broken. She fought and fought, but Allah decided to take her.
“She was the most loveliest, genuine person you could ever meet; she went above and beyond for everyone she met.
“I’m so grateful that I had the honour to call her my best friend, she saw me at my best and my worst and accepted my every flaw. I am so broken that words can’t explain.
“I can’t believe I will not see your smile again. You made me the nurse that I am today, with your support, motivation and inspiration. I am the nurse that I am today, and I hope I can do you proud Areema.
“I love you so much, and I will never forget you. You had so much to live for, I am sorry you didn’t get to see your kids grow up and I’m sorry that you didn’t get to complete your career.”
It is not known whether Nasreen picked up the virus while she was at work or if she picked it up while she was on annual leave.
Nasreen is the sixth healthcare professional to die after contracting COVID-19.
Dr El Tayar
Dr El Tayar, a renowned organ transplant specialist, was the first working NHS surgeon to die (28th March) from coronavirus in Britain.
He is thought to have contracted the illness while working in the A&E department at Hereford County Hospital, where he had volunteered to help fight the pandemic.
Dr Zaidi, a family GP, is thought to be the first doctor in the UK to have been killed (25th March) by COVID-19. The 76-year-old, from Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, died in intensive care just 24 hours after being taken ill.
Dr Amged El-Hawrani
Dr Amged El-Hawrani, 55, an ear, nose and throat specialist, worked at Queen’s Hospital, Burton, and was the third medic to die (28th March) of coronavirus in the UK.
His family paid tribute to a “loving and much-loved husband, son, father, brother and friend”.
Mr El- Hawrani had not seen any patients for several weeks and had been receiving treatment in intensive care.
Thomas Harvey, a mental health nurse at Goodmayes Hospital in north east London, passed away on Sunday 29th March after contracting COVID-19 from a hospital patient.
Mr Harvey had worked for the NHS for 20 years and was a father to seven children.
Dr Saadu, 68, became the fourth medic to die (31st March) from coronavirus in the UK, two weeks after contracting it.
Dr Saadu worked for the NHS for 40 years in hospitals across London, stepping down as medical director of the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in 2016.
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