"I am so broken that words can’t explain.”
Areema Nasreen has died at Walsall Manor Hospital in the West Midlands after contracting Coronavirus.
The NHS nurse had been on a ventilator in the hospital where she had worked for 16 years.
It was reported that she died in the early hours of Friday, April 3, 2020.
Areema developed symptoms of Coronavirus on March 13, including aches, high temperature and a cough. She tested positive for the virus on March 20.
When her illness was first reported, she was said to have had no underlying health issues. Her family described her as “normally fit and healthy”.
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s chief executive Richard Beeken confirmed the mother-of-three’s death.
Mr Beeken said they had hoped to take Areema off the ventilator as she had started to show signs of improvement but she then deteriorated.
Her sister Kazeema had said that she had made some improvement.
Kazeema said: “She improved slightly. Tiny steps.”
Kazeema went on to urge people to take the illness seriously.
She said: “My sister, who is an amazing nurse on the front line and who always helps so many, has now caught this virus.
“She is critically ill in ICU, on a ventilator and fighting for her life.
“I want everyone to know how dangerous this is. My sister is only 36 and is normally fit and healthy.
“People are not taking this seriously enough. She is young – it is not just the elderly who are at risk.”
Areema’s friend Rubi Aktar paid tribute:
“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.”
One relative said: “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.
“She passed away doing what she loved. I’m really sad for the rest of the family, she was a fantastic person.”
Areema Nasreen qualified as a staff nurse in January 2019 and worked at the hospital’s acute medical unit.
She worked at Walsall Manor Hospital from 2003, in housekeeping and as a healthcare assistant before studying to become a nurse.