Dr Alex George has paid tribute to a nurse who tragically passed away after contracting coronavirus while working on the frontline.
The former Love Island star, 29, who works in A&E, took to Twitter to express his sadness over the loss of 36-year-old Areema Nasreen.
He wrote: "We have lost another nurse today, Areema Nasreen who was only 36. Rest in peace".
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The mum-of-three, who was previously healthy, is reported to have died in the early hours of this morning, just two weeks after first being diagnosed with coronavirus.
Areema was said to have contracted COVID-19 after she treated a number of patients suspected of having the deadly bug. She was in intensive care at Walsall Manor Hospital in the West Midlands, where she had worked for 16 years.
A heartbroken relative said: “The immediate family are devastated. Everyone is in shock this morning.
“She was always so full of life. She was devoted to her job as a nurse, she absolutely loved it. She passed away doing what she loved.
“I'm really sad for the rest of the family, she was a fantastic person.”
Her friend and nurse Rubi Aktar also paid a heartfelt tribute in a Facebook post.
She penned: “She was the most loveliest, genuine person you could ever meet, she went above and beyond for everyone she met.
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“I’m so grateful that I had the honour to call her my best friend, she saw me at my best and my worst and accepted my every flaw.
“I am so broken that words can't explain. I can't believe I will not see your smile again.
“You made me the nurse that I am today, with your support, motivation and inspiration I am the nurse that I am today and I hope I can do you proud Areema.
“I love you so much and I will never forget you. You had so much to live for, I am sorry you didn't get to see your kids grow up and I'm sorry that you didn't get to complete your career.”
Dr Alex's tribute comes a day after he gave an insight into life on the frontline of the current pandemic.
Taking to Instagram, he shared a picture alongside his colleagues at University Hospital Lewisham in London.
“From my family to yours, stay home and stay safe,” he wrote.
“We are on shift and so won’t be able to hear your clap tonight, but know that the message is received loud and clear. Latest video from the frontline is live on my YouTube channel. Link in bio.”
In his YouTube video, the reality star documented his day shift and explained how he’s seen a rise in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths over the past few days.
“We’re seeing more patients requiring ventilators, requiring specialist input and support from us in the accident and emergency department,” he said.
“We’re very grateful for those who are maintaining social distancing, who are staying at home, because at the end of the day that’s what’s going to take pressure off us on the front line, and allow us to keep as many people safe and the death rate as low as possible.”
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