Hero coronavirus nurse mum, 36, died moments after husband whispered ‘don’t worry about the kids’ during final hug – The Sun

A HERO nurse tragically died from coronavirus moments after her husband whispered "don't worry about the kids" as they shared a final hug.

Areema Nasreen, 36, was killed by the virus she had worked so hard to fight – after catching it from patients at her hospital.

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Her grieving family today told of the mum-of-three’s last moments – as they warned Brits to “fix up” over the deadly pandemic.

Areema’s sister Ash, 31, told the Sun Online at the family’s home in Walsall today: "We’re distraught. We are all just broken – we’ve just got no words.

“It feels so unreal that she’s gone. She was just a legend of our family.

"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."

Areema, who leaves children aged 8, 10, and 17, tested positive for Covid-19 after developing a soaring temperature, body aches and a cough.

Her illness came just four days after she tweeted a picture of her 2003 job offer letter from Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust.

She had written: "17 years on Allhamdulillah still going love my journey. @WalsallHcareNHS…House move finding special memories!!!"

The mum died shortly after midnight today and became the sixth confirmed NHS worker to succumb to coronavirus.

Areema was on the ventilator and just before she died, her husband said to her ‘don’t worry about the kids’.

The younger sibling said: “She used to say to me ‘Ash, I love you so much, you’re my baby’. I looked up to her so much. I will never be able to forget her.

“I just want her to come back.

“She’s a martyr. She gave her life protecting others and caring for patients. She’s gone to paradise and we’ve lost someone that can never be replaced.”

The family now want Brits to abide by the lockdown rules amid concerns that traffic on the roads has increased.

Ash added: “People are dying – and it’s not just old people. My sister was young and she had no health conditions.

“I don’t want other people to go through what we are going through.

"They really need to fix up and take it seriously. Stop going out, stop driving around. Just stay at home and stay safe.”

Areema qualified as a staff nurse in January last year and worked at Walsall Manor Hospital's acute medical unit.

She had wanted to be a nurse since she was a teenager, after caring for her nan who suffered a stroke.

Now two NHS nurses have died from coronavirus – robbing six children of their hero mothers.

Aimee O'Rourke, 38, also sadly passed away after treating patients.

Mum-of-three Ms O'Rourke, 38, died at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, Kent, where she worked.

A third nurse is today being treated in intensive care at Southend Hospital in Essex.  The man, in his 60s, is on a ventilator.

Aimee's heartbroken friends and family paid tribute and described her as “beautiful” and confirmed she died after “losing her fight to coronavirus”.

They wrote: "Aimee was a beautiful woman and a valued NHS nurse. Aimee caught the Covid-19 virus and sadly lost her fight to coronavirus.

"Please give as much as you can to help Aimee's family, just as Aimee gave her life to make sure other people survived this virus."


Aimee's daughter Megan added: “It was us 4 against the world!

"Now us 3 will pull together more than ever!!! Look at all the lives you looked after and all the family’s you comforted when patients passed away.

"You are an angel and you will wear your NHS crown forever more because you earned that crown the very first day you started!!!"

Health Secretary Matt Hancock today paid tribute to the NHS staff who have died while serving the nation.

He said: "It shows the incredible bravery of every member of the NHS who goes into work knowing that these dangers are there. And I think the whole nation is grateful."

And this afternoon England's chief nurse Ruth May pleaded with the nation to stay at home this weekend.

She said: "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 you to remember Aimee and Areema. Please stay at home for them."

Areema had previously written: “I just wanted to be able to look after people, particularly those who are elderly and vulnerable.

"I cry every morning because I am so happy that I have finally realised my dream of becoming a nurse."

The other five doctors to have died after contracting coronavirus include 68-year-old Dr Alfa Sa'adu, mental health nurse Thomas Harvey and Dr Amged El-Hawrani, 55.

Mr Harvey, 57, had expressed concern about the lack of protective equipment for frontline workers, according to his family.

He was an experienced nurse, who had dedicated more than 20 years of his life to the NHS before his tragic death on Sunday 29 March.

His 19-year-old daughter Tamira says that he was "let down" and his death could have been prevented.

Dr Habib Zaidi, 76, is believed to have been the first doctor in the UK to have been killed by Covid-19 and Dr Adil El Tayar, 63, passed away shortly after.

Last night, Brits loudly applauded NHS heroes for putting their lives on the line to fight coronavirus.

Millions of people came to their front doors and onto balconies to proudly clap for those on the frontline – as the quarantined Prime Minister joined the salute.


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The PM told those gathered outside: "I am not allowed out really, I am just standing here."

Police officers and firefighters sounded their sirens to show their appreciation, as other medics grinned and applauded outside their hospitals.

The first emotional Clap For Carers took place on Thursday, March 26, and is expected to continue on a weekly basis.

ITV paused its programming as part of the tribute while Brits – including celebs like David Beckham, Paddy McGuiness and Rita Ora – whooped and cheered on the NHS and frontline key workers.

Last week millions cheered and set off fireworks to celebrate all those helping the country stay afloat.

Earlier Health Secretary Matt Hancock, speaking publicly for the first time since catching the killer bug, also paid tribute to them.

He told medics: "Many of those who died from the NHS were people who came to this country to make a difference – and they did, and they've given their lives in sacrifice and we salute them."

It comes after the coronavirus pandemic reached a grim milestone with the number of people infected worldwide soaring past one million.

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NHS nurse on coronavirus frontline sends son, 10, to live in countryside over fears she’ll pass bug on to him – The Sun

AN NHS nurse is living separately to her asthmatic 10-year-old son to protect him from coronavirus.

Myka Alex, 31, said she feels like her heart has been 'ripped out' after sending Kade to live with his grandparents in the countryside.

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She fears she could pass the deadly illness onto him as a result of her job as a practice nurse at a GP surgery.

The mum-of-two, who also works as a nurse in a care home, took the heartbreaking decision to take Kade away on Mother's Day after realising she couldn't promise him her job wouldn't put his life at risk.

The youngster, who was diagnosed with asthma when he was three, is now staying with Myka's dad, 61, and mum, 56, in Devon.


She and partner Simon, 33, are at home with their one-year-old daughter.

Myka said: "My son's asthma isn't the best controlled.

"He's been hospitalised four times because of it and stayed in hospital for three days at a time.

"He recently started a new medication and now coughs constantly, even in his sleep.

"A couple of days before the schools closed down, he burst into tears and said, 'I'm going to die'.

"I told him, 'Don't be silly. Coronavirus doesn't harm young people'.

"But every day there are more cases, and young people die."


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Myka then realised she couldn't promise Kade he would be safe if he caught the illness, and decided he should stay with her parents.

"When I dropped him there with all his stuff like a little evacuee, I had to leave him crying," she said.

"I felt absolutely like my heart had been ripped out and I wished I hadn't chosen to work in a job where I had to do this."

Myka is staying in touch with Kade through video calls during the lockdown.

Her mum is an ex-teacher, and Kade is being home-schooled during his stay.

While she isn't in direct contact with patients who have tested positive for coronavirus, she says she can't guarantee she isn't seeing people who have the virus, but aren't showing symptoms.

She said: "My job is a way of life – it's not something I can just hang up.

"I felt like I was choosing my job over my son, but I know that my son is safe where he is."

She says she can't wait to get her son when the lockdown is over.

"It's going to get worse before it gets better – but it will get better," she said.

This week, 13-year-old boy became the UK's youngest coronavirus victim after dying from the disease at King's College Hospital in London on Monday.

Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, 13, from Brixton, South West London, had no underlying health conditions.

Tragically, his mum and six siblings were not able to be by his side in his final moments because of the contagiousness of the killer virus.

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‘Scared’ nurse, 19, working on coronavirus ward for 13 hours a day sobs as she slams ‘stupid’ Brits flouting lockdown – The Sun

A NURSE has made an emotional plea for Brits to stay at home after she finished a 13 hour shift on a coronavirus ward.

Lucy Hutchings, 19, posted a picture of herself in tears and said she was “scared” about what lies ahead as she slammed “stupid” people flouting the lockdown.

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The weekend saw people continuing to flout the ban, including a group of 25 people who had a karaoke party, with people also flocking to parks and beaches and playing football.

And this morning saw Londoners were still travelling on the Tube despite being told to stay at home.

“The quicker people stay indoors, the quicker it will be over,” said healthcare assistant Lucy, from Southampton.

“I’d like to stay at home and eat food and do what I want too but I can’t, so for people to go against the rules it’s so stupid and irresponsible. Staying home is a privilege.”

While most of the patients in her ward are aged 40 and older, she said that staff at the hospital had been warned they may soon also see an influx of younger people.

“[People] think ‘oh I won’t get it I’ll be fine’ but it’s not fine, it’s killing hundreds of people every day,” she said.

“This is real – this is not a joke, everyone needs to take what’s being said seriously.”

Lucy said the ward she works on is now reserved for Covid-19 patients.

“You can see in their eyes that some of them are in pain – they’re saying they’re fine, but they’re not fine.

“This is real life and watching people in pain and suffer is devastating.

“I’m scared and think it’s going to get worse – it feels like it’s only the beginning”

Lucy revealed the danger staff were in as a result of a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE).

“We have to wear masks the whole time but we’re running out of PPE,” she said.


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“Everybody I work with is scared but they’re also amazing as they do such a great job.”

Lucy is anxious about passing the virus on to her parents and brother, who she lives with, and has barely spent any time with them since the beginning of the pandemic.

“Since we started getting so many Covid cases, I come straight home, have a shower and go to my room.

“I keep myself away from my mum, dad and brother because I don’t want to pass the virus on.

“It’s a hard thing to do and I get anxious about the whole situation. At first I didn’t think it would come to something like this.

“When I go into the ward I just have to act normal but when you’re putting on all your gear and about to go into the room it’s like ‘wow, this is what it has come to’.”

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Hero coronavirus nurse reveals heartbreaking decision to leave family for up to three months to work on NHS frontline – The Sun

A HERO nurse on the frontline in the fight against the coronavirus will be forced to leave her family home and two kids for up to three months because she may infect her “high risk” husband.

Erika Johnson, 45, from Seaham, is due to go back to work at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead, on Monday after self-isolation.

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But when she finished her shifts on the frontline – she will not be able to go home until the pandemic begins to subside.

Her husband Gareth, 50, who is himself a nurse manager at same hospital, had a kidney transplant two years ago and is therefore in the high-risk category – now in three months of isolation.

The family, including son Matthew, 13, and daughter Gabrielle, 12, are currently self-isolating at their home in Seaham, but that ends on Monday and Erika is returning to work.

But instead of choosing to stay at home with her family, Erika made the selfless decision to move out of their family home so she can continue to help those in need.


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Erika said: "It's a small sacrifice given the state of the country, I've been in nursing for 26 years and I want to do my part.

"My husband is trying to work from home to get things set up, but he can't go out and that's why I'm doing all of this. I don't want to come home and bring something back with me.

"It's not worth it for the short period of time that I hope it will be.

"It would be fatal if he contracted the virus, we know that so he's going to look after the kids, while I go to work."

Just over a week ago their son became unwell, so the family decided to self-isolate for two weeks following government advice to do so if anyone showed symptoms of the virus.

The self-isolation period ends on Monday when Erika will return to work alongside her selfless colleagues treating the sick.

Although Erika is determined to help those in need, she said it will be "horrendous" not seeing her family as she has never before been away from them.

She said: "It will be absolutely horrendous not seeing my husband and kids but I'm trying to think of the bigger picture. I feel like I have to do my part which most nurses would.

"People went off to fight in the war and we're fighting a war against the coronavirus as doctors and nurses.

"It's the right thing to do, I would feel so guilty if I was just off work because I could be off but I want to help people through this."

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the Queen Elizabeth Hospital is arranging accommodation for Erika.- but she is even considering getting a campervan so that she could see her family through the window.

Erika said: "It's definitely an option for me because I'd get to see them because not seeing them will be so hard for me and them."

Erika added: "They're doing everything in their power to provide accommodation for their staff but there's a lot of people in the same situation so it's not easy. I imagine there are lots of people are in the same position as me around the country."

Speaking to her colleagues, Erika said hospital staff are "preparing for the influx."

She said: "They are preparing for the influx that will come so they're trying to clear beds so we can take more people in.

"I think this has really shown how kind the public can be though. When you hear or see about the random acts of kindness, it's just amazing."

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Nurse killed patient by shoving feeding tube into his lungs instead of stomach

A nurse killed a 73 year-old travel agent after shoving a feeding tube into his lungs instead of his stomach and puncturing both organs.

John Flynn was found guilty of negligence over the October 2014 death of Mansoor Lahiji at a court hearing on March 16, with his employer Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance, California, also convicted and ordered to pay $250,000 in damages.

The court was told how Lahiji was admitted to the medical center 11 days before his death after suffering a brain bleed. He underwent surgery and spent time in intensive care, before being transferred into a regular room as his condition improved.

But once there, Lahiji was fatally injured after Flynn unsuccessfully tried to insert the feeding tube to provide nutrition, with the victim’s wife Nahid watching as the nurse attempted the botched procedure.

She said: ‘He was telling me that the tube was not in the right place. It was in the wrong place.

‘He was telling me that we have to remove it and then retry.’

Nahid said she repeatedly asked Flynn to call for a colleague to complete the procedure if it wasn’t his area of expertise, only for him to respond: ‘I know what I’m doing, don’t worry.’

After another nurse arrived to take over from Flynn, she realized the feeding tube was in Lahiji’s lung and pulled it out, causing a horrific injury akin to pulling a nail out of a tire.

Family attorney Nora Hovsepian said: ‘He basically suffocated.

‘It’s horrific.’

And Nahiji’s family were further distressed when his death certificate listed the cause of his passing as ‘subdural hematoma’ – the brain bleed that had first seen him admitted to hospital, rather than the botched procedure that ultimately killed him.

Lahiji’s daughter Dr Arta Lahiji, a New York-based physician, called the coroner’s office to query the cause of death, and was appalled to discover the hospital had sent nothing about her father’s lung injuries.’

A subsrquent complaint filed by Dr Lahiji said: ‘ Little Company of Mary engaged in an outrageous cover-up afterwards, including destroying my father’s telemetry strips and code blue run sheet, and sending incomplete records to the Los Angeles coroner.’

An investigation by the coroner’s office upheld the family’s complaint, and updated Lahiji’s cause of death, the Daily Breeze reported.

During a subsequent trial, jurors found the hospital 60% responsible for Lahiji’s death, and Flynn 40% responsible. The nurse had tried to blame a colleague for the injuries caused by the improper intubation procedure, only for Nahid Lahiji to testify that she’d seen him administer the botched treatment herself.

Flynn no longer works for the hospital, with lawyers for Little Company of Mary saying the hospital disputed the verdict.

They explained: ‘Our hearts go out to this family, and our thoughts are with them in their grief.

‘While we respect the judicial process, we do not agree with the decision. Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance strives to provide the highest quality level healthcare to our community and is a Magnet Hospital, which means our nurse team ranks among the top 6 percent in the nation.’

The hospital has since updated procedures so that only physicians can perform intubation procedures.

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