A Nigerian Nurse who died with coronavirus on February 3 after 17 years working for the National Health Service inspired nearly her entire family to join the NHS, her son revealed.
Linda Obiageli Udeagbala, from Croydon, died aged 60 is survived by her husband of 40 years, Francis, a psychiatric nurse, Cheyrinne, a midwife, Angelica, a paediatric nurse, Gerard and Colin, who are both mental health nurses.
“My family is full of NHS workers and it all started from my mum, all the inspiration came from her. She was first and we saw her do it then everybody started to follow suit.
“That’s what she wanted for all of us, to study medicine or study nursing… to help people. She instilled in us to care for others and that’s it’s not just a job’’ Colin Udeagbala told the media.
Speaking about his Mum’s dedication, Colin said his mother never had any plans to retire and despite the risks to her health, there was “never any doubt” she would continue to work during the pandemic. She even turned down options to work remotely so she could keep caring for her patients in person.
“She was all about caring for one another, loving one another, no matter your race or background, and she was loved by everybody.
“For me, it was just her kindness and ability to forgive. You’d have an argument with her today and tomorrow she’d always be the person to reach out first and try to settle things. She never held any grudges.”
The family had been overwhelmed by the kindness shown by his mother’s friends and co-workers, who raised over £1,900 to help cover her funeral costs.
Marvin, the fifth of Linda’s children is self-employed.
A fundraising page for Mrs Udeagbala’s funeral costs can be found on GoFundMe: here.