Heartbreak as brave NHS nurse dies from coronavirus – ‘You were an angel… night mummy’

Aimee O’Rourke, a mother-of-three, died on Thursday at the QEQM Hospital in Margate after testing positive for coronavirus. The nurse has been described as an “amazing mum” and “one in a million” and sadly passed away after fighting the virus for several weeks. It is understood Ms O’Rourke developed the symptoms of COVID-19 two weeks ago, before her condition deteriorated and she was taken to intensive care and put on a ventilator.

Her daughter Meghan wrote on Facebook: “Look at all the lives you looked after and all the families you comforted when patients passed away.

“You are an angel and you will wear your NHS crown forever more because you earned that crown the very first day you started.

“Your Meggy misses you beyond belief. One day when I have children of my own I will tell your grandchildren about their GG (glamorous gran) which you wanted to be called, every single day.

“I could go on all day long and have so many things to say but I have to be strong.

“Night night mummy.”

Ms O’Rourke started working for the NHS in 2017, after studying at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Tributes poured in for the nurse, with many praising her for amazing efforts.

Lucy Page wrote: “Every now and again special people come in to your life and they have the highest impact.

“Aimee O’Rourke taught to me fight for what I believe in and gave me courage so many times to do it.

“I was even more lucky not only to be her friend but her work colleague as well and I cannot tell how many times I saw her fighting for what was right for her patients.

“Aimee loved all her three beautiful girls, friends and family so much and she would go to any lengths to protect them.

“You knew that if you ever had a problem then she would be there before you had even out the phone down.

“She was amazing and I am the proudest person ever to say that she was my friend.

“You were one in a million and you are going to leave such an empty space in all our hearts forever.”

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