A nurse who worked at a coronavirus-hit care home whose residents are being moved due to safety concerns is critically ill with Covid-19.
Serious concerns have been raised over why the 64-year-old nurse, who came out of retirement to support the pandemic response, was asked by the Belfast Trust to work in Clifton Nursing Home while it was failing to meet minimum infection control measures.
At least one resident of the home is known to have died from Covid-19, less than a week after the nurse started working there.
Her daughter said: "When I saw the news about what was happening at Clifton, it made my blood boil.
"Mum worked as a nurse from she was 17 until three years ago and as soon as they asked for people to come back she couldn't wait to sign up.
"She actually thought she would be volunteering, she didn't realise she was going to be paid, that's how much she wanted to go back to work.
"I don't want to point any fingers, but it's a worry that my mum is fighting for her life on a ventilator.
"Our main concern is that mum gets better, but we also have a lot of questions that we want answers to."
Runwood Homes, the company that owns Clifton Nursing Home, has been repeatedly warned to raise standards at the unit, in particular over infection control procedures.
On March 3 the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) gave it a third and final warning to address infection control failings after first raising concerns in April last year.
In parallel to the RQIA inspections, the Belfast Trust has also been closely monitoring the situation at Clifton Nursing Home.
In November chair of the Belfast Trust board Peter McNaney said the trust was "concerned that the home does struggle to sustain improvements" and that it had been working with Clifton Nursing Home for 18 months "on issues that affect care quality and the lived experience of residents".
Despite the ongoing concerns about infection control practices at Clifton Nursing Home and the fact that older people are more vulnerable to Covid-19, the nurse was sent to work there earlier this month.
Her daughter continued: "She was originally told she would be going to the Royal Victoria Hospital, but then with nursing homes having problems with staff levels, she ended up going to Clifton.
"She would never have said anything specific about her work, although she told me she was glad she was only going to be there for two weeks.
"She told me they had said to her they didn't like staff from the trust being in the home."
The nurse worked her first shift at the home on May 8 and had to leave work on May 12 as she was feeling so unwell.
She was subsequently diagnosed with Covid-19 and placed on a ventilator last week when her condition deteriorated.
Her daughter added: "I spoke to my mum constantly from when she was admitted to hospital until she went to ICU and she told me she was scared, she cried with fear, she was scared she wouldn't get back out of hospital and scared she would die.
"Hearing that broke my heart - a strong woman with many years of nursing behind her being so frightened and me having to reassure her when I don't know what will happen next.
"She rang me before she went to ICU and again I had to reassure her, I had to tell her she wouldn't die.
"I made these promises and now she's in an induced coma on a ventilator.
"I'll be interested to see what measures were taken at any level to ensure the safety of residents, staff and my mother.
"She was risking enough going back to working in a care setting during this pandemic."
A Belfast Health Trust spokesperson said: "Unfortunately a member of our staff is very ill with Covid-19, they are currently in our care and we are supporting their family at this very difficult time."
Health Minister Robin Swann announced on Friday evening that steps were under way to find alternative accommodation for residents at Clifton Nursing Home.
It is the second time officials have taken drastic steps to ensure the safety of residents of a home owned by Runwood Homes. Ashbrooke Care Home was shut with immediate effect in 2018 after RQIA inspectors uncovered "catastrophic" failings.
A spokeswoman from Runwood Homes said she could not comment on staff employed by Belfast Trust and added: "We'd like to extend our thoughts and wish this lady a full and fast recovery."