Coronavirus: Mother of teenage quadruplets dies with COVID-19

Tom Gillespie and Inzamam Rashid, news reporters
Shabnum Sadiq leaves behind five children, including four quadruplets.

A mother of five who was a respected councillor has died after contracting coronavirus while on a trip to Pakistan.

Shabnum Sadiq, who served on Slough Borough Council, died after suffering "complications" from COVID-19 on 6 April.

The 39-year-old leaves behind her husband and five children, including 13-year-old quadruplets.

Mrs Sadiq's brother, who lives in the UK, told Sky News she visited Pakistan in the first week of March for a relative's wedding with her husband Khizwan.

He added that Mrs Sadiq became ill just days after being there, and was admitted to a hospital in the capital Islamabad on 12 March.

She was on a ventilator for 24 days after doctors revealed she had COVID-19.

Mrs Sadiq suffered a cardiac arrest in the hospital and her husband is now stranded in Pakistan and can't get a flight back as they are being cancelled.

Her grieving brother described his sister a "very hard-working woman" who was a big fan of boxing.

He told Sky News: "I had no clue my little sister wouldn't come back from this trip.

"There's been so much love for her, so many people have been getting in touch and telling us about the amazing work she did as a councillor in her constituency."

A Slough Council spokesman has said it is flying flags at half-mast at its offices in tribute.

Mrs Sadiq was elected to Wexham Lea ward in May 2016 and served on various council committees.

She was a former lead member for education and children's services.

Council leader James Swindlehurst said: "This is very shocking for all of us and our thoughts are with her family and friends.

"Shabnum was a dedicated councillor and despite only being in her first term, she had made a contribution far beyond the years she'd spent in the council chamber.

"We worked together closely and personally I will miss her very deeply.

"This is a significant loss for the council and the town, but is nothing compared to the loss her family, close friends and community are feeling right now.

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"This has brought home to us that not only is this virus something we have to deal with as a town, but also personally, through our work, through our actions and through our grief for those it has taken.

"Behind every statistic about this virus is a family ripped apart and there is no starker example of that, to us in the council, than to lose one of our colleagues.

"May she rest in peace and her family find comfort in the love she had for them all."