UK’s longest-known coronavirus patient chooses to end his suffering eternally

UK's longest-known coronavirus patient
Jason Kelk pictured outside St James' Hospital in Leeds with his wife Sue. Pic: Sue Kelk

Jason Kelk, 49, the UK’s longest-known coronavirus patient has died after choosing to withdraw from treatment lasted more than a year in intensive care at St James’ Hospital in Leeds after contracting coronavirus in March 2020. coronavirus 

A lot of news agencies reported on Friday, citing his wife Sue Kelk’s post on Facebook: “It is with a very heavy heart that I have to share the sad news that Jason passed away peacefully at St Gemma’s at 12.40pm.”

She told Sky News that her husband was brave because “he didn’t want to live like this anymore”, adding: “He was my soulmate. We were opposite sides of the same coin – different but joined together.”

Jason Kelk chose to give up this painful journey. He lost hope in recovering, and preferred to do things on his own terms.

Although he had spent several weeks off a ventilator in recent months, he needed to use one again after his condition worsened and he still required kidney dialysis. coronavirus 

On Thursday, Mrs Kelk had written that her “darling husband” was facing “yet another setback” in his fight against coronavirus after contracting an infection.

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

His wife had earlier been making plans for his return home by launching a crowdfunding appeal to help convert their property.

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

Mrs Kelk had said she was worried her husband no longer “believes in himself” in his fight for recovery.

But after his condition worsened and he started suffering “fainting attacks” Last month, Mrs Kelk told Sky News that she feared he had “given up” . coronavirus 

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

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


Source: Sky News
Image source: Sue Kelk-Sky News