A “very talented” nurse died at the hospital where she worked after being tested positive for Covid-19.
Aimee O’Rourke, 39, worked at Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital (QEQM) in Margate, Kent.
Colleagues and parents “heartbroken” paid tribute to the mother of three children, who died Thursday evening.
On Facebook, her daughter Megan Murphy wrote, “You are an angel and you will wear your NHS crown forever. “
Murphy said her mother had fought for her life as the second “Clap for Carers” – a national celebration of NHS staff and key workers – moved forward.
She urged people to shout out her mother’s name when the family hoped for signs of improvement.
“Remember her smile”
East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust said that Ms. O’Rourke died Thursday evening in the intensive care unit of QEQM after a positive test for Covid-19.
She joined the intensive care unit as a newly qualified nurse in 2017.
Neighborhood manager Julie Gammon, who was seated with Ms. O’Rourke when she was admitted, said, “It was an honor to be able to be with her and to give her some comfort. “
Amanda Hallums, chief nurse at the trust, said that everyone who worked with her was heartbroken.
“We are a working family and it is devastating to lose ours,” she said.
“We will remember his smile forever. “
Patricia Marquis, regional director of the Royal College of Nursing South East, said that Ms. O’Rourke had been described as “a fabulous nurse with the greatest heart.”
“They were one of us”
The news of his death came when West Midlands health officials announced the death of another nurse with coronavirus.
Areema Nasreen, 36, had spent weeks in intensive care at Walsall Manor Hospital, where she worked in the acute medical unit.
During the government’s daily coronavirus briefing, England’s chief nursing officer Ruth May paid tribute to the two women.
She said that Ms. O’Rourke and Ms. Nasreen were registered nurses working to protect the public, adding, “They were one of us. “
May revealed that she also feared more nurses would die, as she said, “They were part of my profession, part of the NHS family. I fear there will be no more and I want to honor them today and recognize their service. “
In a new call to people to stay home this weekend, Ms. May begged them to remember the two women: “It is very tempting to go out and enjoy these summer rays, but please remember Aimee and Areema. at home for them. “
Mrs. O’Rourke is survived by three daughters, Megan, Mollie and Maddie.