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Family Mourns Death Of 26-Year-Old Nurse Who Contracted COVID-19 From A Patient

"You had a noble duty, Cah… You sacrificed your life to take care of patients and we are so proud of you."

Cover image via New Straits Times & Reuters/Bangkok Post

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A 26-year-old nurse in Labuan passed away due to COVID-19 on Wednesday, 2 June, not long after contracting the infection from a patient in her ward

The nurse, Siti Aishah, was seven months pregnant when she tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to Labuan Hospital last Wednesday, 26 May.

Her brother, Mohd Nur Amin Mohd Zamri, told Harian Metro that the family was overwhelmingly proud of her and of the sacrifices she made as a nurse.

Mourning the loss of his older sister, Amin said Siti Aishah was identified as a close contact to a patient receiving COVID-19 treatment in her ward before she died.

"You had a noble duty, Cah… You sacrificed your life to take care of patients and we are so proud of you," he said when met at their hometown in Kampung Serting Tengah, Negeri Sembilan on Thursday, 3 June.

Siti Aishah donned in full personal protective equipment (PPE) at Tuanku Ja'afar Hospital, Seremban before she moved to Labuan Hospital.

Image via New Straits Times

Amin said his sister, the second of four siblings, transferred to Labuan Hospital from Seremban early this year to follow her husband

According to New Straits Times, Siti Aishah's husband, Lieutenant Muhammad Iqmall Muhammad Sukri, is a Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) officer who was stationed on duty there.

So, Amin said he last saw his sister in person in January. He also last spoke to her on Sunday, 30 May, while she was already in the hospital, to give her some encouragement.

"At the time, she told me she was still having fever, headaches, and both she and the baby had rapid heartbeats. But she did not have any shortness of breath," he shared.

"But she also later contacted mum and dad to ask for forgiveness as she felt she would not wake up the next day."

Siti Aishah (right) and her husband, Lieutenant Muhammad Iqmall.

Image via Harian Metro

Unfortunately, at noon on Monday, 31 May, Amin said his brother-in-law called to inform them that Siti Aishah had to be admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU)

She had internal bleeding, but the baby was fine, he was told. Shocked, the family could only pray that nothing would become of her.

"However, at 11am on Wednesday, we were informed by Muhammad Iqmall that my sister had died along with her unborn baby," Amin said.

The family's request to bury Siti Aishah at home in Negeri Sembilan also could not be granted due to the COVID-19 situation and several health safety factors.

"She was buried in Labuan at 10am on Thursday morning."

Despite the loss, Amin said he and his family have calmly accepted her death. He said his family wishes to thank all of the staff at Labuan Hospital and the RMAF who took care of his sister while she was receiving treatment there.

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