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'Our hearts are broken' – Midwife who died from COVID-19 named

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A midwife who died from COVID-19 has been named as 54-year-old Lynsay Coventry.

On Thursday, Ms Coventry became the latest NHS staff member to die after contracting coronavirus.

In a statement, her family said they were “broken” by the news.

“As a family, our hearts are broken at the loss of our loving, wonderful and caring mum, sister, daughter and grandmother.

“We each know how much she loved and cherished us. Her love for us all was unfailing and her strength in the way she cared and supported us will fill our memories,” they said.

Ms Coventry’s family said she loved her role in midwifery.

“What we also know is how proud she was to be an NHS midwife.

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“It was a role she committed herself to…she was a very well-respected midwife who supported many hundreds of women as they welcomed their babies into the world,” her family said.

The Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust (PAHT), where Ms Coventry worked, confirmed the midwife died on 2 April at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust.

Lance McCarthy, the chief executive of the Princess Alexandra, said Ms Coventry would be remembered for her professionalism and commitment.

“Lynsay has been a midwife at PAHT for 10 years and her loss will be felt by the maternity team and colleagues from across the organisation,” Mr McCarthy said.

England’s chief midwifery officer for England also paid tribute to Ms Coventry, describing her as “high-regarded” in her role.

“Lynsay was clearly a highly-regarded midwife whose dedication to women, babies and their families will be remembered and cherished by her own family and her colleagues – my deepest thoughts are with them, her children, grandchildren, parents and siblings.

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