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Midwife, 30, dies from coronavirus weeks after the death of her father

‘Inspirational and much-loved’ midwife, 30, dies from coronavirus three weeks after the death of her father

  • Safaa Alam, 30, passed away yesterday after contracting the virus while working
  • She was a midwife at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital for six years  
  • The hospital said another member of staff had also died from Covid-19 this week
  • Senior nurse Lillian Mudzivare, 41, passed away after a lengthy battle with virus
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

An ‘inspirational and much-loved midwife’ has died from coronavirus three weeks after the death of her father.  

Tributes were paid to Safaa Alam, 30, who passed away yesterday after contracting the infection while working at Birmingham Women’s Hospital.

She had been a midwife there for six years after beginning her career as a nurse and was described as ‘kind and compassionate’ and a valued member of the team.

Her husband Shazad said today: ‘Saf was my beautiful and full-of-life wife.

Safaa Alam, above, 30, passed away following treatment for coronavirus. She worked as a midwife at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital for six years  

‘She was very passionate about her job as a midwife and would often dedicate more than what was required.

‘Whenever we visited family or friends she would naturally lean towards any children and create lasting fun activities with them full of laughter and happiness.

‘She was my childhood sweetheart and we grew up together and married over four years ago.

‘My years with Saf have been filled with love, fun and adventure; this was just the beginning of our lives together, her passing has been premature.

‘She has left an empty feeling and space in my life and for many others which will take a long time to heal but I will remember her with love for her courage, patience and kindness.’

The hospital told how Safaa’s passion for patient safety and risk management enabled her to progress to the specialist role of risk management midwife.

They said she took pride in supporting her colleagues to maintain safety, standards of care and lead improvement of services for women, babies and families.

Chief Executive Sarah-Jane Marsh said: ‘Safaa was an amazing midwife whose skills and expertise helped to bring hundreds of new lives in to the world, whilst supporting women on their journey to motherhood.

‘We promise to continue to uphold Safaa’s values and commitment to safe maternity care, wrapped up in the kindness and compassion she exemplified.

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband and family as they come to terms with their devastating loss. May you rest in peace Safaa and may God bless you and your loved ones always.’

Rachel Carter, Head of Midwifery, said: ‘Safaa was loved by all of us here at Birmingham Women’s.

‘Not only was she generous with her time, approachable, and extremely hard-working; a true role model, but she was also a dear friend and the glue to our team. 

The hospital, above, told how Safaa’s passion for patient safety and risk management enabled her to progress to the specialist role of risk management midwife (file photo)

‘To watch Safaa work was inspiring, she provided women, babies and families with exceptional care and did this with the greatest level of compassion, putting everyone she worked with at ease.

‘Our memories of Safaa will always be cherished, and we’ll greatly miss her strength and positive outlook on life.’

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to try to raise money to help support charities close to the family’s hearts after Safaa’s father also passed away recently.

It reads: ‘As some of you maybe aware our dearest Safaa Alam has passed away. Safaa was a daughter, wife, sister, cousin, and friend. She dedicated her life to helping others, a highly respected midwife who helped bring new life into this world.

‘Safaa will be sadly missed by all that knew her. Safaa had only recently been dealing with the tragedy of her Father’s passing some few weeks before. We ask of you to dig deep for charity in their names which will be of value to them in the hereafter.’

The hospital said another member of their staff had also died from Covid-19 this week.

Lillian Mudzivare, a mother and senior mental health nurse, passed away aged 41 after a lengthy battle with the virus.

Lillian Mudzivare, above, 41, a senior mental health nurse at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital passed away this week following a lengthy battle with Covid-19

She lived in Birmingham with her husband Moses and their daughters and had worked at the hospital for two-and-a-half years.

In a statement, her family said: ‘Lillian was such a beautiful mother, wife and friend – she was always there for others.

‘She loved her children, her family and friends dearly and was a very proud nurse always caring for those who needed her help.

‘We are all devastated to lose such a wonderful person; she will always be in our thoughts.’

Elaine Kirwan, Deputy Chief Nurse for Mental Health Services, said: ‘We are so sad at Lillian’s passing – she was a much loved member of the team. We were so proud when Lillian joined our team.

‘She was an amazing, talented nurse. Her care and compassion for patients shone through, she was a beautiful person, great friend, loved by us all.

‘We will all miss Lillian for her exuberance and we will miss how she would cheer all of us up, lifting spirits whenever we were down.’

Sarah-Jane Marsh added: ‘Lillian was a much loved member of our Forward Thinking Birmingham team whose bubbly, vibrant and bright approach touched the lives of everyone who knew her.

‘Her commitment to the mental health and well-being of young people always shone through and she was working hard towards becoming an advanced practitioner where she knew she would be able to make even more of a difference.

‘Lillian, thank you for everything you did for the young people of Birmingham, our thoughts are with your husband and beautiful children now and always.’

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