Intensive care nurse, 55, who worked on his days off to help sickest patients dies from coronavirus – The Sun

AN INTENSIVE care nurse who used to come in on his days off to help the sickest patients is among the latest frontline heroes killed by coronavirus.

Selfless dad-of-two Adekunle Enitan, 55, came in when he was not supposed to be working to develop a new garden for the Intensive Treatment Unit at William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent.

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The medic – known by pals as Ade – had tributes paid to him after he died in hospital on Friday after being cared for by the NHS team he had worked with for five years.

His family said he would “never be forgotten" and a permanent memorial would be arranged at the hospital.

More than 100 frontline NHS and care workers are confirmed to have died during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Enitan's wife Temitayo, son Martin and daughter Divine paid tribute to him, saying: "Adekunle was a great father and husband who cared deeply for us as well as others around him.

"We are all very thankful for the memories that we shared with him. He is now gone but he will never be forgotten and his spirit will always be beside us."

Susan Acott, chief executive of East Kent Hospitals said: "Ade was a very experienced intensive care nurse and valued member of the ITU team.

"My deepest condolences to Ade's family, friends and colleagues on behalf of everyone at the Trust. We are immensely proud of Ade's service with us, going above and beyond to care for some of our sickest patients.

"My heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in Ade's care, particularly his ITU colleagues who are today grieving the loss of one of their own."

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Dad-of-two Julius Sana, 40, has also died after being admitted to intensive care on the day of his daughter's fifth birthday.

Filipino-born Julius was a healthcare support worker at a specialist dementia hospital where he was described as "always smiling".

But he was admitted to the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport on after suffering from a fever and attached to a ventilator on the day daughter Princess turned five. But he died two weeks later on April 27.

Julius, of Newport, South Wales, was driven to hospital by his sister Jovelyn Villareal after he fell ill and an ambulance didn't arrive to take him.

She said: "The last thing we did was pray together, then I left him in the hospital because they wouldn’t let us in.”

Jovelyn said she spoke to Julius the following day and he had been given antibiotics and oxygen but his condition quickly deteriorated and he was attached to a ventilator that afternoon.

She said: "When he was incubated it was his daughter’s fifth birthday.

“Imagine how she will remember it. It was so awful. There was no goodbye. We had hoped every day."

She said Julius had lived in Britain UK for 15 years and was "a loving father" to son Marc, 11, and daughter Princess, five.

He is survived by wife Maricar.


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