A 42-year-old, who left her nursing job to dedicate her life to help refugees, died of COVID-19.

Prior to her death in Walsall Manor Hospital, Walsall, West Midlands, on Dec. 5, the former National Health Service (NHS) nurse suffered three cardiac arrests while she was on a ventilator after getting infected, reported Daily Mail.

Originally from Derby, Sarah Cooper, a mother-of-three, shifted to Willenhall, West Midlands. She started helping people at the Wolverhampton Refugee and Migrant Centre after leaving her job as a community psychiatric nurse. She also attended gigs and did DJing at events across the Midlands, and was known in the Midlands music scene as Lady Coopz.

Peter Winson, the father of Cooper's twins, said that it is hard to put into one sentence what an "amazing and caring woman she was." Her daughter Laila said that she was an incredible woman, who was loving, friendly and kind, reported Mirror. According to her daughter, Cooper would "go to the ends of the earth to help others and spent her working life as a psychiatrist nurse for the NHS."

The Refugee and Migrant Centre's health and well-being manager, Mandy Mackereth, told the Express & Star that Cooper was her "go to person." She called her "just special," and said that you could talk to her about anything and she had shared things with Cooper that she had never been able to tell others. Mackereth remembers Cooper as someone who was caring, which was "an essential part of who she was." She found her "an amazing soul, full of joy her aura lit the room up!"

Another colleague said that the "amazing, kind and caring person" was loved by the staff members and service-users alike. Even though she was completely professional, she was "100% warm and human at the same time." According to the colleague, she had "an instinct for when things were not quite right with someone." In such cases, Cooper "made it her business to go out of her way to help that person, but always with great sensitivity, and without prying."

Apart from her colleagues, online radio station ReggaeSpace paid a tribute to her by dedicating a show to her memory on Dec. 12.

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