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A nurse who works on an acute ward in the West Midlands is currently in intensive care after contracting coronavirus.
Areema Nasreen is 36 years old and has been described as “fit and healthy” by her family.
“I want everyone to know how dangerous this is. My sister is only 36 and is normally fit and healthy”
The staff nurse at Walsall Manor Hospital, which is run by Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, has been put a ventilator and is in a critically ill condition.
She developed symptoms ten days ago, including body aches, a cough and a fever. On Friday she tested positive for coronavirus.
The family of Ms Nasreen has spoken to a local media outlet, Birmingham Live, and told it that she had no underlying health issues.
Her sister, Kazeema Nasreen, a healthcare assistant at the same hospital, described her as an “amazing nurse on the frontline”.
“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.”
While their family is “heartbroken”, Ms Nasreen praised hospital staff who were going “above and beyond” to care for her sister.
Areema Nasreen has been an employee at the hospital since 2003, working as a healthcare assistant before studying to become a registered nurse.
She qualified as a nurse in January 2019, after being inspired by her time caring for her grandmother who had suffered a stroke.
At the time of qualifying, she said: “I cry every morning because I’m so happy that I’ve finally realised my dream of becoming a nurse.
“I just wanted to be able to look after people, particularly those who are elderly and vulnerable.”
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust did not a have a statement to provide, stating that it would contradict their patient confidentiality policy.