‘She gave up her life to save others’: Heartbroken husband of NHS nurse who died fighting coronavirus reveals how the mother-of-three died doing what ‘she adored’

  • Areema Nasreen died in intensive care in West Midlands hospital where she had worked on Friday after battling coronavirus symptoms
  • Widow said that she ‘sacrificed her life for the profession she adored’
  • Frontline NHS staff are most likely to contract the deadly virus during the crisis
  • It comes as 708 people who tested positive for Covid-19 died today

A frontline NHS nurse who died after battling coronavirus symptoms ‘sacrificed her life for the profession she adored’, her grieving husband said. 

Areema Nasreen, 36, died in intensive care at Walsall Manor Hospital, West Midlands, where she had worked after contracting the illness.

The mother-of-three, who leaves behind children aged 8, 10, and 17, became the country’s youngest health worker to be killed by the disease.

Her widow Fasil Tahseen, to whom she was married for 18 years, told the Sunday Mirror: ‘It was her dream to become a nurse. She loved helping people.’

Mr Tahseen added: ‘She gave up her life to save the life of others. How honourable was her life and how honourable was her passing.’

Today 708 people who tested positive for Covid-19 died today, bringing the UK’s total death toll to 4,313, while the number of infections rose by 3,735. 

Areema Nasreen, who died after battling coronavirus symptoms at Walsall Manor Hospital where she worked, was described by husband Fasil Tahseen as ‘honourable’

The mother-of-three (pictured), who leaves behind children aged 8, 10, and 17, became the country’s youngest health worker to be killed by the disease 

Today 708 people who tested positive for the coronavirus have died in biggest 24-hour toll yet

Areema, who died on Friday, first tested positive for the virus after developing a soaring temperature, body aches, and a cough. 

The nurse, who has no underlying health conditions and had worked for the NHS for 16 years, was put on a ventilator but died.

Areema’s sister Ash, 31, told The Sun: ‘We’re distraught. We are all just broken – we’ve just got no words. Areema was on the ventilator and just before she died, her husband said to her “don’t worry about the kids”.

‘She started to cry. The doctors said please don’t hug her, because of the virus, but he said he had to. Then she passed away. We are all absolutely devastated.’

Her family are now pleading that people follow the coronavirus lockdown rules. 

The nurse died in intensive care at Walsall Manor Hospital (pictured), West Midlands

A second frontline nurse, Aimee O’Rourke, 39, also passed away after treating patients at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, Kent. 

England’s chief nurse, Ruth May, today paid tribute to both women. 

She told a No10 press briefing yesterday: ‘This weekend is going to be very warm and it will be very tempting to go out and enjoy those summer rays. But please, I ask to remember Aimee and Areema. Please stay at home for them.’ 

NHS staff are among the most at risk to contracting the virus. 

Dr Habib Zaidi, 76, became ill and died in intensive care on March 25 at Southend Hospital in Essex on Wednesday.  Dr Adil El Tayar, 63, died on March 28 after contracting the virus at the Hereford County Hospital.  

Dr Amged El-Hawrani, 55, an ear nose and throat (ENT) specialist at Queen’s Hospital Burton, died on March 29. Nurse Thomas Harvey, 57, of Goodmayes Hospital, London, died on Sunday after contracting the virus. 

Dr Alfa Saadu, 68, died on Tuesday after working at Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.

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