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A young mum has tragically died at the age of just 26 after she caught Covid on a night out with her boyfriend.
Shreece Ford, from Castle Vale, Birmingham, passed away at Queen Elizabeth Hospital earlier this month after spending several weeks in intensive care.
She leaves behind her three-year-old daughter Realle, BirminghamLive reports.
Ms Ford had diabetes – a condition which can weaken the imunne system – and was thought to have become infected with Covid when she went out for a meal with her boyfriend on August 16.
Speaking on behalf of the family, her heartbroken cousin Ellesse Strong told BirminghamLive: "we are just in shock and totally devastated.
"Shreece hadn't been out for a long time but decided to go out with her boyfriend and that's where we believe she caught covid. She started to feel very unwell and struggled to breathe.
"She took herself to Queen Elizabeth Hospital and from there her condition deteriorated."
After several days of severe illness, doctors at the hospital in Birmingham made the decision to put her into an intensive care unit, and placed her in a medically induced coma.
Ms Ford was put on dialysis for her kidneys, given oxygen for her lungs, and needed blood pressure support.
Complications meant she developed blood clots near her heart, and caught numerous infections which required her to be given antibiotics.
Ellesse said: "They tried to wake her up on a few occasions but each time she got worse and they had to put her back to sleep.
"She was in hospital for weeks and on October 8 shortly after 6:30am her mom received a call to say she was deteriorating every minute so had to go back up.
"We all got calls to go up so went up to the hospital. Unfortunately only five people were allowed in to say their goodbyes. Luckily, she got to hear her baby's voice before passing and her mum and brother were there to hold her hand until the end."
Paying tribute, her cousin told that Shreece was devoted to her family, and doted on Realle.
She said: "Shreece was the perfect mother to Realle. She absolutely adored her and doted on her. Realle is finding it incredibly tough at the moment. It is all still very raw and she keeps asking to see her mum."
"Shreece had a beautiful smile, which lit up every room she walked into. She was just so loving and caring. She loved her family and friends and had time for everyone.
"She had been a carer, and was planning to go back to work when Realle started pre-school."
The family have set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for Shreece's funeral, and for a party for Realle's fourth birthday on November 6.
Ellesse added: "We always had plans for a fourth birthday for Realle and we want to give her a wonderful party. She is very sad as she has lost her mommy and we want to do something to try and put a smile back on her face and give her the party her mum would have wanted."
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