Emotional tributes have been paid to a “kind-hearted” London nurse, Melujean Ballesteros, who has died of coronavirus.
Melujean Ballesteros, who worked at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington for 12 years, died on Sunday (April 12) after testing positive for Covid-19.
Friends and colleagues of Mrs Melujean Ballesteros have described her as a “hero”.
It’s understood Mrs Melujean Ballesteros, 60, was married and had children.
Fellow nurse Faz Ghooloo, who also works at St Mary’s Hospital, wrote on a Gofundme page: “Melujean was a kind-hearted person who dedicated her life to her profession as a nurse. She always had a smile and she never complained about anything.
“Right now it is a difficult time for the NHS but this never slowed her down. She was always ready to look after patients with care, kindness and compassion. Unfortunately both time and the Covid-19 virus has defeated her and we have lost one of our own.
“Although this breaks our heart knowing that she will not be with us but what we have to remember is that she will always be a part of us.”
The fundraising page has been created to raise funds for Melujean’s funeral.
So far, more than £2,400 has been raised.
The page says: “In her memory, we would like your kind and generous donations to allow us to give the best goodbye to one of our NHS heroes, with pride and honour in the great work she has done.
“Your donation will go towards her funeral cost. We say goodbye to her today but we will never forget about her and every little thing that was unique to her like her cheesecake, her food, her smile, her generosity, her hard work, her kindness, her humbleness, her tenacity, her support and many other countless talents that she had.
“Lets make us remember Melujean for all the heroic work she has done and let us say goodbye to her with the smile that she always had and let us donate to give her the farewell she deserved.”
More than 30 frontline NHS staff have died during the coronavirus pandemic, with some of those including doctors and nurses who have come out of retirement to help fight the deadly virus which has brought the UK to a standstill.
Hospitals have been likened to warzones as medics desperately fight to save every possible life.
As of Sunday (April 12), 10,612 people in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus have died.
The death toll in London stands at 2,707.
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