'Devoted' NHS care worker, 29, dies of 'evil' coronavirus as mum begs: Stay home

A 'DEVOTED' NHS care worker has tragically died from coronavirus as her mum has begged for people to stay home.

Emily Perugia, 29, had been self isolating after coming down with coronavirus symptoms.

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She was member of the Care Connection Team in Northwood for the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.

Emily's mum Tracey is the Contact Centre Team Lead and has since changed her profile picture on Facebook to a photo of her daughter with a purple banner urging people to stay home.

Emily, from Ruislip, was engaged to fiance James Day, who also works in the contact centre and they had recent moved into their first home together.

She has been described as a "devoted professional" who helped organised vital care packages for people in her community.

One of the care coordinator's pals shared on Facebook: "To Emily Perugia shine bright lovely stay at home it saves lives we lost one of our own last night all our thoughts are with family and friends of Emily what a lovely girl!

"This virus is evil and we need to beat this together by staying home please everyone do as we are asked and stay in let the NHS fight this and stop the spread of the evil that is upon us."

Another heartbroken colleague wrote: "My thoughts are with her family and friends at this time.

"We will fight this virus with the passion to ensure few family’s have to go through the pain they are going through at this moment. Sweet dreams."

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A spokesperson for the trust told The Mirror: “Emily was a very well-liked and popular member of staff.”

Community Matron Rudo Milambo, who worked with Emily, told The Mirror: “She was a lovely woman, who never said no to any requests; she could always be relied upon to help with the social support people needed or that came from GPs.

"She didn’t like being off work. I am so shocked. She will be missed very much."

Emily's death was announced on April 5.

Her death comes as the nurse Rebecca Mack, 29, was killed by the virus on Sunday.

Caring Rebecca had worked as a children's nurse at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) before more recently taking a job with NHS 111.

The UK death toll from coronavirus yesterday climbed to more than 7,000 with more than 60,000 cases.

Donald Suelto, who worked at Hammersmith Hospital in west London, died after going into self-isolation with coronavirus symptoms.

Last month,  the hero nurse Donald had changed his Facebook profile picture to an image of him wearing a protective mask emblazoned with the words: "I can't stay at home, I'm a healthcare worker."

Fourteen other NHS medics have been claimed by the virus including 44-year veteran NHS nurse Alice Kit Tak Ong, 70, who died yesterday.

Dr Anton Sebastianpillai, a consultant geriatrician, was killed by coronavirus on Saturday at Kingston Hospital.

On Monday, heart surgeon and dad-of-two Jitendra Rathod, who worked at the University Hospital of Wales, died in Cardiff after testing positive for Covid-19.

The dad-of-two was described as an “incredibly dedicated surgeon” who cared deeply for his patients and was highly regarded in the medical profession in Wales.

It follows the tragic death of Lynsay Coventry, 54, died at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust last Thursday – just a day before long-serving nurse Liz Glanister died in Liverpool.

Two other nurses, five doctors and two healthcare assistants have also died in the UK after contracting Covid-19.

John Alagos, 23, is believed to be the youngest British medic to have died from the deadly bug – collapsing after a 12 hour hospital shift.

Last week, six children were also robbed of their hero mums as nurses Aimee O’Rourke, 38, and Areema Nasreen, 36, died after treating patients.

Dr Habib Zaidi, 76, from Leigh-on-Sea, is one of five doctors to have died from the deadly virus.

The well-respected GP died in intensive care at Southend Hospital, Essex, on March 25.


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