COVID-19: Jason Kelk, UK’s longest-serving coronavirus patient, dies ‘after withdrawing from treatment’

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COVID-19: Jason Kelk, UK’s longest-serving coronavirus patient, dies ‘after withdrawing from treatment’


The oldest coronavirus patient in the UK has died after choosing to withdraw from treatment, his wife has said.

Jason Kelk, 49, had spent more than a year in intensive care at St James’s Hospital in Leeds after contracting coronavirus and March 2020.

He was transferred to a hospice this morning and died surrounded by his family.

His wife Sue Kelk wrote on Facebook on Friday: “Following my update yesterday, it is with a very heavy heart that I must share the sad news that Jason passed away peacefully in St Gemma at 12:40 pm today. “

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Jason Kelk had been using a ventilator since April last year after contracting COVID-19. Photo: Sue Kelk

Ms Kelk posted on Thursday that her ‘darling husband’ was facing ‘another setback’ in her battle with the coronavirus after contracting an infection.

The 63-year-old told the Yorkshire Evening Post after her husband’s death on Friday: ‘It was really important for him to do it on his terms.

“But it leaves a lot of people completely destitute.

“People might not think he was brave, but my God, he was brave. I really think he did.

“And I just think that’s the bravest thing you can do – actually say ‘I don’t want to live like this anymore’. “

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Mr Kelk’s death comes just over a month after his wife told Sky News she feared he had “given up” after his condition worsened and began to suffer. suffer “Fainting attacks”.

She had previously planned her return home by launching a crowdfunding appeal to help convert their property.

Ms Kelk said she feared her husband would “no longer believe in himself” in his fight for recovery.

She told Sky News: “He’s got a lot of problems. A few times he passed out and passed out, but they don’t know why. “

Mr Kelk had spent several weeks without a ventilator in recent months, but needed to use one again after his condition worsened and he still needed kidney dialysis.

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Jason Kelk pictured on his wedding day with his wife Sue. Photo: Sue Kelk

Doctors believed the elementary school computer scientist would still need a tracheostomy tube to remove fluid that collected in his throat and windpipe.

Before her condition worsened, Ms Kelk said her husband had started drinking cups of tea and eating soup and was using Facebook Messenger “almost every day”.

But she said during her last conversation with her husband that he “was talking absolute gibberish”.

Mr Kelk was admitted to hospital on March 31 last year, around the same time as Derek Draper, the husband of TV presenter Kate Garraway.

Mr Draper also fell seriously ill after contracting COVID but has since returned home after a year in hospital.

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