The death of Coventry, 54, in Essex, on Thursday is the first of an NHS midwife on duty in England after contracting Covid-19, which has been publicly confirmed.
His family paid tribute to him as a “highly respected midwife,” adding, “Our hearts are broken by the loss of our loving, wonderful, and caring mom, sister, daughter and grandmother. We all know how much she loved and cherished us. Her love for all of us was flawless and her strength in the way she cared for and supported us will fill our memories. “
The Coventry family said they trained as a midwife later in life to “follow their dream.” She “saw the midwifery team at Princess Alexandra Hospital like her other family,” the family statement said, noting how proud she was of their work. She had worked at Harlow Hospital, Essex, for a decade.