Areema Nasreen, 36, became a nurse in 2019 after dreaming for years of a career in medicine [Courtesy: Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust] London, United Kingdom – A British Pakistani woman who worked as a hospital cleaner for 15 years before realising her dream and graduating in nursing has become one of the first nurses in the United Kingdom to die of COVID-19.
Areema Nasreen, a 36-year-old mother to three children, was described by friends as positive, spiritual, funny and open-hearted.
Despite having no underlying health conditions, Nasreen lost the battle with COVID-19 early on Friday in an intensive care unit at Walsall Manor Hospital, where she had worked for more than 15 years and where she contracted the coronavirus two weeks ago while supporting patients who had tested positive.
"Areema was such an amazing person," Shabeena Kousar, Nasreen’s friend of 16 years, told Al Jazeera. "She always used to greet everyone with a smile. She was the type of person who would do anything for anyone.
"She had so much left to do, but Allah has called her. Our prayers are with her family, her husband, her children, and her parents," added Kousar, who said she felt "completely lost".
Describing Nasreen as a giving person who was always the first to get involved, the two friends organised several charity and public events together with the local Muslim community.
Nadia Shabir, who went to school with Nasreen, said: "If you were upset, you’d ring her and she’d put so much courage in you. She’d always say, ‘Read your prayers, turn to God’."Everything about her was so positive, nothing negative. She was the kind of person, if […]