Queen’s Honours: Bittersweet award for Covid nurse who lost husband

  • BFM
  • 23 days-ago

A medal from the Queen to recognise her work during the pandemic marked both an honour and a sadness for nurse Maria Hewitt.

The 58-year-old was recognised in Her Majesty’s Jubilee Birthday Honours list for her service during the Covid-19 pandemic.

She will receive the British Empire Medal.

However, she describes the moment as “bittersweet” because her husband John cannot share the moment with her.

John died after contracting Covid in June 2020.

Despite her deep grief, Mrs Hewitt went back to work, caring for patients on Glasgow’s Covid wards.

‘Horrific loss’

She told BBC Scotland: “To lose such a loving husband and such a kind man was a horrific time. After six weeks I went back to the NHS and worked so hard.

“It was a devastating loss for myself and John’s sister and her family. Lots of people asked why I was working and all I could say was, what else can I do?

“It was a defining moment and such a horrific loss that work definitely really did help me and seeing people survive Covid on the wards, I was so pleased for them.

“I didn’t feel any bitterness, I was just glad some people were making it through this virus.”

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