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A 36-year-old nurse and mother-of-three has reportedly died after contracting coronavirus.
Areema Nasreen was being treated at Walsall Manor Hospital in the West Midlands where she worked.
On Friday, fellow nurse Rubi Akhtar paid tribute to Nasreen online, describing herself as “heartbroken”.
She said: “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.”
Woke up to the heartbreaking news that Areema has passed away on intensive care due to coronavirus.. she was devoted to her nursing job & always full of life..she’s left 3 young children behind..I’m lost for words..I beg you all to stay at home and keep everyone safe.. ? pic.twitter.com/ZJOFSvI1fo
— Dr Samara Afzal (@SamaraAfzal) April 3, 2020
Another source said Nasreen’s husband had confirmed she passed away just after midnight on Friday.
Dr Samara Afzal tweeted: “I’m lost for words, I beg you all to stay at home and keep everyone safe.”
Her sister, Kazeema Nasreen, who works as a healthcare assistant at the same hospital, told Sky News the family thinks she could have picked it up “virtually anywhere”.
The 22-year-old said her sister, from Walsall, was on annual leave when she first started showing symptoms and does not think she picked it up at work.
Speaking to BirminghamLive before her sister died, Kazeema Nasreen urged everyone to “take coronavirus seriously”.
“People are not taking this seriously enough. She is young – it is not just the elderly who are at risk.”
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