'Beautiful spirit' Nasro Ade died at St George's Hospital last week
25-year-old Nasro Ade who died of coronavirus at St George’s hospital
April 21, 2020
Friends and family have paid tribute to 25-year-old Nasro Ade, a “beautiful spirit” who died of coronavirus at St George’s hospital last week.
Sister, Fartuun Ade, 23, said, “She touched so many lives,” and thanked family friend Isha Ceesay for setting up a campaign on GoFundMe to help arrange funeral costs for the Battersea-based family.
“When we found out Nasro had passed away, I was getting so many calls from her college friends, her secondary school teachers, her primary school teachers, all these youth clubs near Battersea that we went to growing up, and people just coming to our doorstep just to show their love,” she said.
“The love and the prayers, oh my god, it’s just been overwhelming to take in.
“It’s just so comforting speaking to people personally, and reading all the love and all the messages.”
“We’re not the only family going through this. There are so many families around the world going through this horrible virus. It’s just taking so many lives and it’s just not fair.
“I know everyone in the NHS has done so much for my sister, literally from doing her hair, all the personal care. All the doctors. They have done so much.”
Nasro was born in Somalia, and came to the UK at just 11 years old. She passed away on April 17, 2020. She had underlying health problems and had been surviving on one kidney.
Fartuun said: “My sister was just the most amazing person. All her life she has had this condition of the kidney failure and just recently she was put on the transplant list. It’s just such a shame that this virus was another thing that made her life so difficult. But you know it never stopped her.
“Even when Nasro was in hospital she would ring us every day, before she was put into a coma. She would call us, and would still be happy, even though I knew she was in so much pain. She was texting people in hospital reminding people of their birthdays and talking to them.”
Nasro’s family were unable to visit her before she passed away, and had to say their goodbyes via Facetime.
“It’s been so difficult for family not to be with her and tell her how much we love her. It’s been so hard to take in. But all this love we have been receiving from people all around the world, who were touched by Nasro’s story. It has brought comfort to our family,” said Fartuun.
“There’s probably thousands of millions of families around the world experiencing the same thing. I pray for everyone, for their health, for their life. Nasro was a blessing to us and to so many she touched.”
Friend Isha Ceesay said Nasro dreamed of being a make-up artist or masseuse and always fought the challenges life threw at her.
She said: “Despite all these challenges that Nasro faced throughout her life, nothing has ever changed her personality and character. She thrived to persevere in life and graduated at Lambeth college and applied to go back to college this year to increase her education.
“She had such a big personality and a beautiful spirit.
“She just loved to make others look good and as well as feel good. She also loved cooking delicious meals for others, she was very hardworking and was working part time at a cafe in the school she went to (Paddock school).
“Nasro also loved singing and dancing, I remember how she used to always call me to ask me if I am able to attend her school disco, and I have attended a few times and always had an exceptional time dancing with Nasro and everyone in her school. She kept asking me if am having a good time and always offering me drinks and snacks.
“Oh, I cannot emphasise enough how much she loved her red lipstick and shiny things. Everyone who knew Nasro talks about her love for the colour red. Sometimes she would wear a red dress, with a red lipstick and a red scarf. And she’s ready to go out in the world.
“Her love for shiny dresses and bling was one of the reasons why she loved the disco very much and the disco ball at her school. Everyone who knew Nasro talks about how funny she was and always laughing. She was just a bundle of joy with so many interests and the world was her oyster before her life was cut short by this horrible disease.”
As of Monday, April 20, 214 patients have died at St George’s having tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19).
A statement on the hospital trust’s website said: “Our thoughts are with the families of the patients affected – and, in all cases, we would ask that their privacy is respected at this time.”
Nasro Ade will be buried this week.
Another GoFundMe page is being set up to support the family and charities, after the original page raised enough money for the funeral.
Sian Bayley, Local Democracy reporter