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.
Her grieving family today told of the mom-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’.
Areema’s Sister, Ash
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.”