UTV can exclusively reveal the Health Minister has personally intervened in the case of a nurse left fighting for her life with Covid-19 after working in a care home at the centre of a damning inspection.

The grandmother, who is 63, is on a ventilator and in an induced coma. She came out of retirement to help the fight against the virus.

Her family told us they want to know if the environment at Clifton Nursing home is in any way linked to what happened to her.

Health minister Robin Swann is seeking answers too, directly contacting the Belfast Trust to draw up a report on the case. We can also reveal he is meeting the woman's daughter next week.

A new team took over the running of Clifton Nursing Home after eleven deaths were reported there.

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The woman, who does not want to be identified because her mother is seriously ill, told UTV her story.

"My mum was given the all clear and declared fit to work by her GP, she was fit and healthy when she started in the home,

"She was risking enough going back to working in a care setting during this pandemic.

"I could not believe it when I saw the news about the home, the anger I felt that my mum is so ill, its completely devastating for us."

The nurse did not return to Clifton Nursing Home.As her condition gradually grew worse, she was admitted to the Mater hospital on 17 May.

"She cried with fear; she was scared she wouldn't get back out of hospital and scared she would die.

Hearing that broke my heart. A strong woman with many years of nursing behind her being so frightened,

"She rang me before she went to ICU and again I had to reassure her, had to tell her she will be okay, tell her she won't die.

"I made these promises and now she's in an induced coma on a ventilator"

"For the RQAI and trust to take such urgent action….. how bad was the environment she was working in?

"This is the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life and it's destroying us all.

"I want answers, my mother deserves answers."

Runwood Care Homes, who managed Clifton Nursing home at the time, said it can only comment on their own staff - but wished the nurses a full and speedy recovery.

The Belfast Trust confirmed a member of staff is very ill and is supporting the family during this difficult time.