‘Healthy’ Nurse, 36, fighting for her life after contracting COVID-19 “I just wanted to be able to look after people, particularly those who are elderly and vulnerable”

Mother-of-three Areema Nasreen is in a critical condition in a Walsall hospital where she has worked for the past 16 years.

A 36-year-old NHS nurse, with no underlying health issues, is fighting for her life in hospital after contracting coronavirus.

Areema Nasreen is on a ventilator in intensive care– where she has worked for the past 16 years.

The mother-of-three developed symptoms 10 days ago, starting with body aches, a high temperature and then a cough.

On Friday, she tested positive for the highly contagious respiratory disease COVID-19.

A doctor at the hospital confirmed his colleague was very sick and in a critical condition.

He said her condition had “deteriorated very quickly”.

“I can’t confirm much but I can say she deteriorated within the space of 24 hours and is in ITU [intensive treatment unit]. I agree we need awareness regarding this so people realise the role the NHS is playing and risking themselves.”

Her sister Kazeema Nasreen, confirmed her sister is currently in a critical condition and on a ventilator, but “making tiny little progress”.

Her husband and three children, they are now in isolation and unable to visit her.

Kazeema said she got the chance to visit her sister, who repeatedly praised the hospital staff for taking good care of her.

Before being put on a ventilator, Ms Nasreen sent out a text to everyone to let them know and asked everyone to show the utmost respect to the NHS staff who she called her “family”.

In words of encouragement for people thinking about going into nursing – she said: “I would like to think that I can inspire others. I cry every morning because I am so happy that I have finally realised my dream of becoming a nurse.””I would urge anyone reading this to not give up.”

She also told of how she had aspired to become a nurse since she was a teenager after caring for her grandmother who suffered a stroke

“I just wanted to be able to look after people, particularly those who are elderly and vulnerable.”

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