A nurse with coronavirus has died after spending weeks in intensive care.
Areema Nasreen, 36, had been on a ventilator at Walsall Manor Hospital where she also worked.
The death of the mother-of-three has been confirmed to the BBC by Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s chief executive Richard Beeken.
Mr Beeken said they had hoped to take Ms Nasreen off the ventilator as she had started to show signs of improvement but she then deteriorated.
Speaking to Sky News early last week, Ms Nasreen’s sister Kazeema, 22, said her normally fit and health sister had been on annual leave when she first started showing symptoms.
‘Risking their lives’
Fellow nurse Rubi Aktar has paid tribute to Ms Nasreen on social media: “She was the most loveliest, genuine person you could ever meet, she went above and beyond for everyone she met.
“I am so broken that words can’t explain. I can’t believe I will not see your smile again.”
West Midlands mayor Andy Street tweeted: “Such tragic news this morning, my heart goes out to Areema’s family and three children.
“Frontline workers across the West Midlands are risking their lives day after day to protect us, the least we can do to help them is follow government advice.”
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