The nurse Areema Nasreen who has died after contracting coronavirus, aged 36, had always wanted to work for the NHS.
In a moving account posted on the Walsall Healthcare trust page in February 2019, Areema detailed her passion for working in the medical field.
She said: “I cry every morning because I’m so happy that I’ve finally realised my dream of becoming a nurse.”
The post revealed that the mother-of-three had wanted to be 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.”
She explained the importance of her Muslim faith, her family and her career.
That was back in 2003 and Areema concentrated on working hard – all the time talking to as many staff as possible about her desire to take up nursing.
Areema qualified in January last year and became a Staff Nurse on Walsall Manor Hospital’s Acute Medical Unit.
She said that she was "so blessed" to have this role and absolutely loved it.
"I want to make a difference and remember occasions such as the time I stayed with a patient who had no family and was End of Life. I held his hand through his final moments and that was a privilege for me. I’m so glad he had someone there."
Areema added: “My husband was a stranger when I met him and I didn’t want to get married but actually we’ve been really good for each other and he is also doing well in his career as a businessman. I would urge anyone reading this not to give up.”
Tributes have poured in for the Walsall nurse who medics described as “professional and passionate”.
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