First caregiver to die from coronavirus photographed after 25 years as key worker


A caregiver who died after being infected with a coronavirus was named by her family Carol Jamabo.

The 56-year-old mother of two is believed to be the first social worker publicly identified after succumbing to the deadly virus.

She worked as a community caregiver for Cherish Elderly Care in Bury, Greater Manchester, but fell ill about a week before her death last Wednesday, her family said.

An avid Christian, Ms. Jamabo served the public as a key worker for more than 25 years, after moving from Nigeria to the United Kingdom in the early 1990s.

She previously worked both in the prison service and as an administrator of the NHS at Guy’s and St Thomas ‘Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London.

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Mom of two had 25 years of experience as a key worker
Mom of two had 25 years of experience as a key worker

Most recently, she worked as a caregiver in the community after moving from the South East to Bury, in Greater Manchester, to be closer to her two children, Tonye Selema, 25, and Abiye Selema, 22, student at ‘University of Leeds.

Her youngest son also tested positive for the virus, the family said.

Ms. Jamabo suddenly became ill at home while she was with her youngest son and was then rushed to hospital.

She is not believed to have had any major underlying health problems, but she did have asthma.

As the days went by, his condition deteriorated rapidly, according to his nephew, Dakuro Fiberesima, of Purfleet, Essex.

Ms. Jamabo previously worked at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London
Ms. Jamabo previously worked at Guy’s and St Thomas ‘Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London

She was transferred to an intensive care unit and put on a ventilator at the Royal Salford Hospital but could not be saved.

Fiberesima said, “It happened so quickly. No one was by his side.

“With the ventilator’s decision, you just receive a call to shut down the ventilator.

“Wondering if you were there, if it would make a difference?”

“She was such a popular person, there would have been people to fight her corner so to speak.

Salford Royal Hospital
She lost her life at Salford Royal Hospital

“The youngest son is in a terrible position. He was extremely close to her. He lived with her.

“She was just an amazing aunt.

“Having grown up in an African context, the aunts are very strict, but she was fun and had such a positive character.

“She deserved a round of applause for her hard work and commitment over the years. “

Mr. Dakuro described her as an `` amazing aunt ''
Mr. Dakuro described her as an “incredible aunt”

Fiberesima, writing a tribute on the Go Fund Me website to appeal to help the family pay her funeral expenses, added, “She was a loving and fun person with many friends and will be remembered for her personality.” uplifting, joyful and enthusiastic.

“Words cannot describe the destructive and destructive impact his death will have on his co-workers, friends, family and, more painfully, his two children.

“With the kindness of your heart, please give what you can to support her family and two children to raise the necessary funds for funeral expenses during this painfully sad and distressing time.

“God bless you and help us through this difficult time. “

Over £ 5,260 was raised for the family, exceeding the £ 4,500 funeral goal.

To visit the fundraising page, click here.


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