Fit and healthy Mum-of-three and a Walsall staff nurse is critically ill and in intensive.

Areema Nasreen, 36-years-old has no underlying health issues, is fighting for her life at Walsall Manor after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

She developed the symptoms ten days ago following a temperature and cough. Then tested which revealed she was positive for the severe respiratory illness.

Her sister, Kazeema, said the family are ‘heartbroken’ but she praised the staff at Walsall Manor Hospital who have gone ‘above and beyond’ in their care for Areema.

Speaking to BirminghamLive today, Kazeema urged everyone to ‘take coronavirus seriously’.

‘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,’ she said. ‘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, who also lives in Walsall, wanted to be a nurse since she was a teenager, after caring for her nan who suffered a stroke.

Areema qualified in January last year, before taking a job as a Staff Nurse on Walsall Manor Hospital’s Acute Medical Unit.

“I am so blessed to have this role and absolutely love it. I want to make a difference and remember occasions such as the time I stayed with a patient who had no family and was End of Life. I held his hand through his final moments and that was a privilege for me. I’m so glad he had someone there,” she said in February last year.

“I would like to think that I could inspire others; particularly within Muslim communities. My own family members have since changed their views as a result of seeing me become the first person in my family to go to university. They are encouraging my younger relatives to follow their dreams and that is amazing.



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