A mother of five children who is a respected councilor died after contracting the corona virus while traveling to Pakistan.
Shabnum Sadiq, who served on the Slough Borough Board, died after suffering from “complications” from COVID-19 on April 6th.
The 39-year-old man left his husband and five children, including 13-year-old quadruplets.
Mrs Sadiq’s brother, who lives in England, told Sky News that he visited Pakistan in the first week of March for the marriage of a relative with her husband Khizwan.
He added that Mrs. Sadiq fell ill just days after being there, and was hospitalized in the capital Islamabad on March 12.
He used a ventilator for 24 days after doctors revealed he was suffering from COVID-19.
Mrs. Sadiq suffered a heart attack at the hospital and her husband is now stranded in Pakistan and cannot get a flight back because they were canceled.
His grieving sister described his brother as a “hard-working woman” who is a big fan of boxing.
He told Sky News: “I did not know that my sister would not return from this trip.
“There is so much love for him, so many people have been in touch and told us about the extraordinary work he is doing as a board member in his constituency.”
A spokesman for the Slough Council said they waved half-mast flags in their offices as a tribute.
Mrs. Sadiq was elected to the Wexham Lea ward in May 2016 and served on various board committees.
He is a former main member for children’s education and services.
Council leader James Swindlehurst said: “This is very surprising to all of us and our thoughts with our family and friends.
“Shabnum is a dedicated board member and although only in his first term, he has made contributions far beyond the years he spent in the board room.
“We work closely together and personally I will miss him very much.
“This is a significant loss for the council and the city, but it is nothing compared to the loss felt by family, close friends and the community today.
“This has brought home to us that not only is this virus something we must deal with as a city, but also personally, through our work, through our actions and through our sadness for those who have taken it.
“Behind every statistic about this virus is a broken family and there are no real examples of that, for us on the board, other than losing one of our colleagues.
“May he rest in peace and his family find comfort in the love he has for all of them.”
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