Today’s Hero: Areema Nasreen – the British-Pakistani nurse who sacrificed her life while fighting against COVID-19

She worked in the acute medical unit at the hospital.

British-Pakistani Areema Nasreen has passed away after being infected with COVID-19. The 36-year-old NHS nurse was put on a ventilator at Walsall Manor Hospital in West Midlands. According to news outlets, she worked in the acute medical unit at the hospital.

Areema was a mother of three and had no underlying health issues. She first experienced symptoms on 13th March 2020 and was taken into intensive care. However, her condition seemed to get better but she passed away on 3rd April 2020.

‘’Nasreen 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’’, said the chief executive of Walsall Hospital Healthcare NSH Trust Richard Beeken.

While paying a tribute to Late Nasreen, he said that she was dedicated and respected amongst her colleagues. This could be seen through the grief and concern around the organization and on social media.

‘’We will do everything that we can in the coming days and weeks to support those that need it’’, Beeken said. He continued that Nasreen wanted to make a difference and she will be ‘very sadly missed’.

A very close friend of Nasreen, Rubi Aktar took to Facebook to offer her condolences and described her friend as ‘the loveliest, genuine person you could ever meet’.

“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”, Rubi wrote.

England’s chief nurse Ruth May pleaded people to stay at home, invoking names of Nasreen and another nurse, Aimee O’Rourke who also died of COVID-19.

“They were one of us, they were one of my profession, of the NHS family,” May said.

“They were clearly remarkable women, nurses, and mothers,” she added.

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