Coronavirus: Nurse fighting for her life in intensive care was ‘fit and healthy’

A “fit and healthy” NHS nurse with no underlying health conditions is in hospital fighting for her life after contracting coronavirus.

The deadly disease has claimed the lives of more than 13,500 people globally, 240 of which are in the UK.

Mum of three Areema Nasreen, 36 is on a ventilator at Walsall Manor Hospital, Birmingham Live reports, after contracting COVID-19 while working as a nurse for the NHS.

Her sister, Kazeema, has urged young people to take the disease seriously, and said “it is not just elderly at risk.”

Areema, who has worked for the NHS for 16 years, developed a soaring temperature, body aches and a cough before being diagnosed with the virus.

She is now being treated in intensive care by colleagues, and is said to be “critically ill in ICU.”

Kazeema told Birmingham Live: “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.

"I want everyone to know how dangerous this is.

“My sister is only 36 and is normally fit and healthy."

Worried Kazeema has praised hospital staff, saying they have been “nothing but supportive and amazing” in their care for the 36-year-old.

She said she fears “people are not taking this seriously enough,” which could put others at risk.

Areema became unwell ten days ago and developed a cough “so bad it affected her lungs.”

Eventually, she got taken to hospital where she was tested and is “now in the Intensive Care Unit at Manor Hospital.”

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Kazeema said: “We're obviously not allowed to visit her but the hospital staff are keeping in touch and updating us as often as possible.

"Areema loves the NHS.

“Her colleagues are like a second family and they have been truly amazing with her – and us.

“They are keeping us all strong and doing everything they can for her.

"The Manor Hospital are brilliant and she has loved working there for over 15 years.

"She started off as housekeeping, then a Healthcare Assistant and now is qualified as a staff nurse.

"She is my queen and is truly loved by everyone – always putting others first.

“We are heartbroken."

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