Tributes have been paid to a member of staff who has died.
Chloe Arnold, 25, died on the Intensive Care Unit at Walsall Manor Hospital on Thursday, 9 March. She had been admitted the previous Friday after suffering a respiratory arrest following an asthma attack, then contracted fluid on the brain. She had had asthma from 18 months old.
A Clinical Support Worker, Chloe started work at Walsall Healthcare as a cadet on Ward 2, spending five years there. More recently, she joined the temporary staffing bank, working on a variety of wards, including Ward 14, where she worked a lot of nights.
Kate Follows, Sister on Ward 2, said: “I knew Chloe extremely well. She was such a hard worker – if Chloe was working in a bay, you knew the patients would be safe and well looked after. She was one of the youngest members of staff but always loud and bubbly.
“On her first day she arrived looking immaculate, with perfect hair and make-up. If we went on a night out she was always glamorous, with her eyebrows and eyelashes looking amazing.”
Chloe’s mum Sarah Porter said: “She was just perfect, fantastic and loved by so many people. If love could have kept Chloe alive, she would have lived for eternity. She was my best friend. I’d give anything to have her back.
“She was always the life and soul of the party and the centre of attention. She loved a good party and was always on the dancefloor.”
Chloe lived in Darlaston with her mum and step dad Mark Bradley, who performed CPR on Chloe when she had her asthma attack.
Chloe also leaves sisters Mercedes, 22, and Ellie Mae, 10, brother Henley, 11, dad Wayne Arnold, of Willenhall, and boyfriend of nine months Jay Beech, 26.
A book of condolence has been set up on Ward 2 for staff to leave messages, and colleagues on the ward will hold a minute’s silence in her memory at 6pm tomorrow (Tuesday 14 March).
To coincide with that, a release of pink and white balloons is being done by Chloe’s family and friends at George Rose Park, Wolverhampton Street, Darlaston WS10 8UB, also at 6pm tomorrow. All are welcome to attend.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to support her family, which is accessible here: Fundraiser by Paige Greaves : Raise Money for the loss of Chloe Arnold (gofundme.com)
The funeral details will be announced in due course.