Parents’ heartbreak after coronavirus paramedic dies hours after frontline shift

The parents of a frontline paramedic who died suddenly last week have paid tribute to their “precious girl”.

Charlotte Cope, 23, died at her home on Monday after completing her shift helping to treat coronavirus patients in South Wales.

Emergency crews were called to Charlotte’s home in Gelli, Rhondda, South Wales, on Monday, but despite their best efforts, she tragically died at the scene.

In the days before her death, Charlotte had shared a message on social media saying “life sucks right now”, adding: “I miss the freedom.

“But have to stay positive, dedicating all my time on the ambulance to help others in need at this time with my amazing colleagues.”



Charlotte was “adored” by her loved ones, her parents have said

Her parents, steel worker Roger and Heidi, both 48, have now paid tribute to their “strong and determined” daughter whose childhood dream had been to become a paramedic.

In a beautiful tribute to their girl, Charlotte’s parents told The Sun: “As parents we are very, very heartbroken and devastated and will never get over the sudden death of our precious special daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece and cousin.

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“Our hearts are truly broken, fly high our hero, spread your special wings and continue to look after the ones in heaven like you did on earth, until we meet again.”

Her parents said they were proud to see her achieve her dreams of becoming a paramedic.

They added: “Charlotte decided at a young age that she wanted to be a paramedic and when she finished comprehensive school she attended Nantgarw college to gain her qualifications that she needed to get into university.”



Charlotte qualified as a paramedic in 2018

She enjoyed working out at her local gym to “recharge herself for her next shift” and had earned the nickname “Muscles” from friends who trained alongside her.

Charlotte had only just bought her dream car, a Mini Cooper, three weeks before her death.

More than £16,000 has since been raised for Charlotte’s funeral.

But tragically, due to coronavirus restrictions, many friends will not be able to attend the service.

Friend and colleague Connor Quinn described Charlotte as a “very promising and proud paramedic adored by all who knew her” after setting up the fundraiser.

Connor wrote: “A very promising and proud South Wales paramedic adored by all who knew her, she had carried the weight of the world on her small shoulders in silence for far too long.

“Her heartwarming nature could be felt by everyone in her presence to which she was completely oblivious, this made her all the more special.”

Jason Killens, chief executive at the Welsh Ambulance Service said: “Charlotte Cope, who was based in Gelli, Rhondda Cynon Taf, was a much-loved member of the Welsh Ambulance Service family having joined the organisation in 2018 after qualifying as a paramedic.

“We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Charlotte’s family, who we are supporting through this difficult time.”



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