An online platform has been launched in tribute to a nurse who lost her battle with coronavirus.
Devoted NHS worker Areema Nasreen died yesterday morning (April 3) after contracting the deadly illness. She had worked at Walsall Manor Hospital for more than 17 years.
The mum-of-three tested positive for the virus after developing a soaring temperature, body aches and a cough.
The married 36-year-old was later rushed to Walsall Manor Hospital after her condition worsened.
She was put on a ventilator in intensive care – but although her condition is understood to have improved slightly last week, she took a turn for the worse and sadly died in the early hours of Friday morning (April 3)
As tributes have poured in, the hospital has created an online book of condolence for colleagues, friends and public to express their wishes.
Richard Beeken, Chief Executive of Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “Areema was extremely committed to her role as a Staff Nurse on the Acute Medical Unit at Walsall Manor Hospital. She was a professional, passionate nurse who started at the trust as a housekeeper in 2003 before working hard to gain her nursing qualification in January 2019.
“Her dedication to her role and her popularity amongst her colleagues is obvious to see with the outpouring of grief and concern we are seeing around the organisation and on social media. We will do everything that we can in the coming days and weeks to support those that need it.”
To leave a tribute, visit the Walsall Manor Hospital book of condolences.
Leading the tributes, her heartbroken sister Kazeema Afzal told Black Country Live: “I lost my amazing sister, how will I live without her?”
“Everything we done together. She left me alone.
“She left me with so many memories. I want to run and never look back.
“My life was with her.”
Dr Alex George, an accident and emergency doctor who also appeared on ITV’s Love Island offered his wishes to Areema’s family.
He said: “So sad to hear about the passing of nurse Areema Nasreen. Thoughts to her family and friends.”
Posting their condolences on social media, a mourner said: “So sad. A true hero. No words can really express what a loss of a valuable life. Hugs for her family and friends who must be devastated.”
Another added: “May God bless I remember last year you looked after my brother who was dying of cancer came in the manor to the ward you worked on and you were so kind to him RIP .and may God bless your family.
A third said: “Rest in peace beautiful lady your commitment to your nursing career your bravery and compassion will never be forgotten God bless you.”