A supply teacher with an ‘infectious laugh’ died from coronavirus after saying she felt tired – but didn’t show any typical symptoms of the virus.
Shamim Mir, 59, tested positive for Covid-19 alongside her husband Ehtisham shortly before Christmas without suffering from a persistent cough or high temperature.
Instead, the teacher – who had been shielding throughout the pandemic due to her diabetes and high blood pressure – complained of tiredness.
The grandmother, from Birmingham, became breathless on New Year’s Eve and was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she was placed on a ventilator.
She suffered multi-organ failure and died on January 13 with her family by her side.
Shamim Mir, 59, tested positive for Covid-19 alongside her husband Ehtisham (seen together with their grandaughter Zunairah) shortly before Christmas without suffering from a persistent cough or high temperature
Her daughter Dr Naheeda Farooq has now paid tribute to her mother as a ‘very caring woman’ who will be remembered ‘for her smile and her infectious laugh.’
She said: ‘My mother was a supply teacher and worked at many secondary schools across the Birmingham area.
‘She had been shielding through the pandemic as she suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure. My dad went to work.
‘They both tested positive for Covid just before Christmas. Thankfully my dad recovered but my mom didn’t.
‘She didn’t show any classic signs of coronavirus like a cough or high temperature or loss of taste. She was feeling very tired and had bouts of diarrhoea.
‘On New Year’s Eve she became very unwell and was struggling to breathe. My dad called for an ambulance and she was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.’
Dr Farooq said she spoke to her mother briefly on FaceTime before she was placed on a ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit.
Her daughter Dr Naheeda Farooq has now paid tribute to her mother as a ‘very caring woman’ who will be remembered ‘for her smile and her infectious laugh.’ Pictured: Ms Mir with Dr Farooq and Zunairah
‘Her condition deteriorated and she suffered multi-organ failure,’ she said. ‘Doctors told us she wasn’t going to make it so we visited her on January 13 where we offered prayers for her and held her hand as she passed away.’
She added that Ms Mir was a ‘very special lady’ who had a love for children and a desire for them to do well in life through good education.
Dr Farooq said: ‘Those that met my mother remember her for her smile and her infectious laugh.
‘She was a very caring woman. She loved shopping but not really for herself. She would indulge everyone else. She doted on her granddaughter, nieces and nephews.
‘She saw education as being incredibly important and pushed myself to be the best I could be in life. She wanted the same for the her pupils at the many schools she taught at.
‘She was a very special lady and she will be so greatly missed.’
Dr Farooq said she spoke to her mother briefly on FaceTime before she was placed on a ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit. She died on January 13
Dr Farooq’s best friend, Dr Hajra Ashraf, also lost her father, Mohammed Ashraf, to Covid on the same day.
The friends have set up a GoFundMe fundraising page in memory of their parents with the aim of raising funds to build a new school in rural Pakistan.
Dr Farooq said her mother would have been delighted by the fundraiser because education was so important to her.
The page reads: ‘We are Naheeda and Hajra, two friends who have sadly lost our parents, Shamim Mir aged 59 from Birmingham and Mohammed Ashraf aged 87 from London to Covid-19.
‘As daughters we held their hands as they tragically took their last breaths on the same day Wednesday the 13th of January 2021. We take solace in that they have both died as martyrs during this plague.
‘We thank you all for your prayers during this difficult time but now we ask for your help. We want to focus on their legacy, not just through their children or the work they did on Earth.
‘We are raising money to build a school in rural Pakistan inshAllah as a form of Sadaqah Jariah. If we do not reach our goal we will aim to cover the rest ourselves.
If we exceed our goal we will donate this towards the maintenance of existing schools.’
Ms Mir leaves behind her husband Ehtisham, daughter Naheeda, and one-year-old granddaughter Zunairah.