Death of ‘special’ children’s cancer nurse leaves family devastated

A heartbroken mother has paid tribute to a “thoughtful and devoted” pediatric nurse who was both her “best friend” and her daughter.

Stacey Fusco, from Swadlincote, was just 30 years old when she died earlier this year, leaving everyone who knew and loved her in shock.

Miss Fusco was a nurse in the oncology ward at Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital, a job she loved and had done for seven years.

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Now her friends and family will be holding a charity race night this weekend at The Foresters Arms, Swadlincote, to raise money in her memory.

Her devastated mother Sue Eley said: “She was my best friend. I saw her every day and we did a lot of things together. We are a close family of all of us.

“When she went, she took a part of me and I will never be the same. We were very close. She was a very special person.

“She is a big loss in my life and a big part of me has been taken away – it seems so unfair. I will forget her very much.”

Ms Eley said Stacey was passionate about her work taking care of seriously ill children.

She said: “Stacey was very thoughtful and enjoyed a party. Stacey organized everything; if she was going somewhere, she would have organized it.

“She was also committed to her work as an oncology nurse and it got emotional at times.

“She worked hard to get to where she was and people respected her for that. A lot of people Stacey worked with said how dedicated she was.

“She was sweet and would do anything for anyone. Family and friends came first.

“But she also loved her westie dog Tina, whom she treated like her child.”

Miss Fusco, of Nelson Street, leaves behind her parents, twin brother Dean, older sister Jodie, older brother Gino, nieces and nephews Ethan, Ella and Vinnie and Tina the westie.

The full investigation into her death has yet to be held, but the opening heard she died of sertraline toxicity on April 20. Sertraline is an antidepressant.

This Saturday, November 27, from 7.30pm, a charity race night will be held at The Foresters Arms, on High Street, to raise money for the ward where Miss Fusco has worked at the hospital.

It will feature five large screens with pre-recorded races and a raffle. It is held at The Foresters Arms, where Miss Fusco used to drink with her family.

It will be attended by friends, family, colleagues and anyone who wants to participate to raise money for charity.

Martin Bostock, who is known as “Boz” and co-hosted the event with Lorraine Herbert, said: “She was absolutely sweet, such a lovely person.

“Stacey was an absolute angel in every sense of the word and we would like to remember her by raising money for her ward at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“She was a well-known person in the area and so was her family.”

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