Three weeks after her father’s death, an ‘inspiring and beloved midwife’ died from the coronavirus.
Tributes were paid to 30-year-old Safaa Alam, who died yesterday after contracting the infection while working at Birmingham Women’s Hospital.
She was a midwife there for six years after starting 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 spirited wife.
Safaa Alam, over 30, died after 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 often spent more than was necessary.
“Whenever we visited family or friends, she naturally leaned on children and created lasting fun activities with them full of laughter and happiness.
“She was my childhood sweetheart and we grew up together and got married more than four years ago.
My years at Saf are filled with love, fun and adventure; this was just the beginning of our life together, her death was premature.
“She has left an empty feeling and space in my life and for many others that will take a long time to heal, but I will remember her with love for her courage, patience and kindness.”
The hospital explained how Safa’s passion for patient safety and risk management enabled her to progress into the specialist role of an obstetrician for risk management.
They said she was proud to support her colleagues in maintaining safety, standards of care and improving services to women, babies and families.
Chief Executive Sarah-Jane Marsh said, “Safaa was an amazing midwife whose skills and expertise helped bring hundreds of new lives into the world, supporting women on their journey to motherhood.
“We promise to continue to uphold Safa’s values and commitment to safe maternity care, enveloped in the kindness and compassion she expressed.
“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 always bless you and your loved ones. ‘
Rachel Carter, chief of obstetrics, said, “Safaa was loved by all of us here at Birmingham Women’s.
“Not only was she generous with her time, approachable and extremely hardworking; a real role model, but she was also a good friend and the glue for our team.
The hospital explained above how Safaa’s passion for patient safety and risk management enabled her to develop into the specialist role of an obstetrician for risk management (file photo).
“To see Safaa work was inspiring, providing exceptional care for women, babies and families and doing it with the utmost compassion, reassuring everyone she worked with.
“Our memories of Safaa will always be cherished and we will miss her strength and positive outlook on life.”
A Support me The page was set up to try to raise money to support charities that recently died in the hearts of the family after Safaa’s father died.
It says, “As some of you may know, our dearest Safaa Alam has passed away. Safaa was a daughter, wife, sister, cousin and girlfriend. She dedicated her life to helping others, a highly respected midwife who helped bring new life to this world.
Sadly, Safaa will be missed by everyone who knew her. Safaa had only recently experienced the tragedy of her father’s passing just weeks before. We ask you to dig deep for charity in their names that will be of value to them in the afterlife. ‘
The hospital said another employee this week also died of Covid-19.
Lillian Mudzivare, a mother and senior mental health nurse, died at the age of 41 after a long battle with the virus.
41-year-old Lillian Mudzivare, a senior mental health nurse at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital, died this week after a protracted battle with Covid-19
She lived in Birmingham with her husband Moses and their daughters and had worked in 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 very much and was a very proud nurse who always took care of those who needed her help.
“We are all devastated at the loss of such a great person; she will always be on our minds. ‘
Elaine Kirwan, Deputy Chief Nurse for Mental Health Services, said, “We are so sad about Lillian’s passing – she was a much-loved member of the team. We were so proud when Lillian joined our team.
“She was a wonderful, talented nurse. Her care and compassion for patients radiated, she was a beautiful person, a wonderful friend, loved by all of us.
“We will all miss Lillian for her exuberance and we will miss how she would cheer us all up and lift spirits when we were down.”
Sarah-Jane Marsh added, “Lillian was a much-loved member of our Forward Thinking Birmingham team, whose sparkling, vibrant and clear approach touched the lives of everyone who knew her.
Her dedication to the mental health and wellbeing of young people always shined through and she worked hard to become an advanced practitioner she knew could make even more of a difference.
“Lillian, thank you for everything you have done for the young people of Birmingham, our thoughts are now and always with your husband and beautiful children.”