Nurse who held hands of dying Covid patients dies after struggling with pandemic

A nurse who held the hands of dying coronavirus patients has died at the age of just 26, her family said.

Frontline NHS nurse Trisha Roberts, died on Wednesday February 24, WalesOnline reports.

She was said to be struggling with her mental health and the pressures of the pandemic in the months leading up to her death.

Tammy Lou, her heartbroken sister, described the nurse as a "very determined and hard worker" who would "aways be there to help in any way."

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Trisha's family with the cost of a funeral, and Tammy said she often told them with "tear-filled eyes" about sick coronavirus patients.

Tammy Lou wrote on GoFundMe: "She often told us with tear-filled eyes that she held the hands of these who unfortunately succumbed to the Covid virus and was often the last person they saw.

"Her death has come as a great shock to the family as well as her friends and colleagues."

She added: "Regardless of how many times you met her, she left a lasting impression. She was a bubbly, energetic, enthusiastic person and had a loving personality.

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"She was loved very much by all and was a very determined and hard worker. She would always be there to help in any way she could.

"Trisha would go above and beyond to help and be there in your hour of need. She was and always will be our hero. A hero not only to her family but to the NHS. The gaping hole she has left in our hearts, minds and in lives will never be filled."

According to Tammy Lou, Trisha was due to marry her partner, who "loved her very much," in New York as soon as travel restrictions lifted.

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She called her sister a "hero" to the NHS, and asked for donations but said "don't worry" if you "can't afford to donate" as she wouldn't want anyone to struggle.

Tammy Lou has set a target of £6,000 for the GoFundMe, which has reached almost £2,000 from over 146 donors.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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