A 36-year-old NHS nurse, with no underlying health issues, is fighting for her life after contracting coronavirus.
Areema Nasreen tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday after developing symptoms of body aches, a high temperature and coughing.
The mother-of-three is in a critical condition in a Walsall hospital, where she has worked for the past 16 years.
Her sister, Kazeema, said that her sibling was critically ill and the family was “heartbroken”.
Speaking to BirminghamLive, Kazeema urged everyone to “take coronavirus seriously”.
“My sister who is an amazing nurse on the front line and who always helps so many has now caught this virus. She is critically ill in ICU, on a ventilator and fighting for her life” she said.
“I want everyone to know how dangerous this is. My sister is only 36 and is normally fit and healthy.“
“People are not taking this seriously enough. She is young – it is not just the elderly who are at risk.”
She also praised the staff at the hospital in the West Midlands who have gone “above and beyond” in their care.
As Ms Nasreen lives with her husband and three children, they are now in isolation and unable to visit her.
Before being put on a ventilator, Ms Nasreen sent out a text to everyone to let them know and asked everyone to show the utmost respect to the NHS staff who she called her “family”.
Areema had always wanted to be a nurse since she was a teenager, after caring for her nan who suffered a stroke.
When she graduated as a nurse, she said she wanted to encourage more people – particularly those from Muslim backgrounds – to get into nursing.
She said at the time: “I would like to think that I can inspire others. I cry every morning because I am so happy that I have finally realised my dream of becoming a nurse.”
“I just wanted to be able to look after people, particularly those who are elderly and vulnerable” she explained.
The news comes as the death toll from coronavirus in the UK reaches 281, with 5,683 confirmed cases.
Around 1.5 million people who are high risk for the disease have been warned to remain inside for 12 weeks to protect themselves.