Hero care home nurse dies from coronavius after refusing to retire at start of outbreak to look after residents – The Sun
A CARE home nurse who died from Covid-19 refused to retire at the start of the outbreak after vowing to look after the elderly residents.
Rahima Bibi Sidhanee, 68, was working until the point she fell ill with the virus and “gave her life to nursing”.
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She lost her battle on Easter Sunday, her family said.
Her son Abu Sidhanee, 41, said: “She said the elderly people needed her and she actually started doing an extra shift."
“That was how she was. People were in need of her and she was there. She was so dedicated and caring. She was bubbly and much loved at the home.”
Mother-of-three Rahima had worked as a midwife and nurse since moving to Britain from Trinidad in the late 1960s.
She had been working at the Grennell Lodge nursing and care home in Sutton, South London, for the past 20 years.
Her family urged her to retire or take a break when Covid-19 began sweeping the world but she refused.
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She was treated at St Helier Hospital near Sutton with oxygen and was put on a ventilator after being admitted last Tuesday but could not be saved.
Danny Shamtally, director of Care Unlimited which operates privately-owned Grennell Lodge, said: “Rahima loved nursing and the people she cared for."
"Their happiness was important to her and she would go above and beyond in her delivery of care.”
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