Second nurse dies from Covid-19

Second nurse dies from Covid-19

Second nurse dies from Covid-19

A second nurse has died from Covid-19. Aimee O’Rourke, 39, was being treated at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, Kent, where she had worked prior to contracting the virus.

It is unclear whether the mother of three had any underlying health conditions.

Amanda Hallums, Chief Nurse at East Kent Hospitals, said:

“We are a work family and it is devastating to lose one of our own. Aimee was determined to provide the best possible care to all of her patients and continued to come to work at a time when others were staying at home and inside.

We will forever remember her smile, her concern for her patients and her colleagues, and her willingness to always go above and beyond.”

This follows the death of Areema Nasreen, a nurse who 36, was been placed on a ventilator at Walsall Manor Hospital where she worked in the acute medical unit after she also contracted Covid-19.

Second nurse dies from Covid-19

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s Chief Executive Richard Beeken said:

“Any death is devastating but losing one of our own is beyond words. She was a very, very, respected and valued member of the team on the acute medical unit and they are absolutely distraught.

Her dedication to her role and her popularity amongst her colleagues is obvious to see with the outpouring of grief.

She always said that she was so blessed to have the role of a nurse which she absolutely loved because she wanted to feel like she could make a difference – and you did, Areema, you will be very sadly missed.”

Both deaths come after widespread criticism of the UK government’s failure to supply the NHS with adequate personal protective equipment, or to carry out adequate testing of NHS and other frontline staff.

684 more deaths from Covid-19 have been recorded in the UK today.

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