A MUM of “miracle quads” died of coronavirus after she feared she was infected while working at Heathrow, her husband has said.
Shabnum Sadiq, 39, worked as a customer care relations manager for British Airways at the airport’s Terminal 5.
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In 2006, Mrs Sadiq was told by her doctors that she was pregnant with quadruplets and doctors told her to keep one baby but terminate the other three because it would be dangerous to have all four,
But she decided to have all the babies and successfully gave birth by caesarean.
Before falling ill with the virus she had told her husband Khizran Sadiq, 39, of her fears about catching Covid-19 from Chinese passengers.
Mrs Sadiq, who was a Labour councillor for Slough Borough Council, developed a cough a few days before she travelled to Pakistan with her husband to attend a family wedding.
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“She mentioned that she might catch the coronavirus because she was dealing with all these Chinese flights,” he told the Mail on Sunday,
Mr Sadiq said two days before she was hospitalised, his wife of 23 years told their five children in a final Skype call that she was not “going to come back, and that’s it, my life is finished”.
She collapsed two days later but two hospitals in Islamabad refused to admit her over fears she would spread the disease.
Finally she was treated in the city’s PIMS Hospital, where she tested positive for the virus, and spent 24 days on a ventilator before she died last Monday.
Mr Sadiq said he told their eldest daughter, 20, and the quadruplets, 13, on a WhatsApp video call: “Your mum is no more.”
Thousands of passengers from China and Italy were still flying into Britain in the third week of March despite the deadly coronavirus crisis.
Mrs Sadiq was the second Heathrow worker to die from Covid-19, after Sudhir Sharma, 67, an immigration officer, died last month.
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