Fri 03 April 2020:
A British Muslim nurse died of coronavirus after contracting the deadly disease whilst caring for infected patients.
Tributes poured in for Areema Nasreen, 36, after she became the UK’s youngest health worker to die from the illness.
The married mum of three was tested positive for the disease whilst working in Walsall Manor hospital in the West Midlands, where she had worked for 16 years.
Areema developed symptoms of coronavirus on 13 March, including aches, a high temperature and then a cough. She tested positive for the virus last Friday.
Throughout the week, her condition had slightly improved, but she quickly deteriorated and passed away in the early hours on Friday.
Her friend, Rubi Aktar, posted a tribute on Facebook saying: “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.”
Her family are said to be in shock at the news of her passing.
“The immediate family are devastated. Everyone is in shock this morning. She was always so full of life. She was devoted to her job as a nurse, she absolutely loved it,” a relative told Birmigham Live.
“She passed away doing what she loved. I’m really sad for the rest of the family, she was a fantastic person.”
Areema had previously said she dreamed of being a nurse since she was a teenager after caring for her grandmother who suffered a stroke.
“I just wanted to be able to look after people, particularly those who are elderly and vulnerable,” she said.
“I cry every morning because I am so happy that I have finally realised my dream of becoming a nurse.”
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