The UK’s “longest Covid-19 inpatient,” named Jason Kelk who had been in hospital for 14-and-a-half months, died after realizing he could no longer “live like this.”
Jason Kelk was brought to Leeds’ St James’ Hospital on March 31 last year and stayed there until Friday, when he was transferred to a hospice and died later that day, surrounded by his family.
Jason’s saddened wife Sue Kelk claimed his battle had become too much for him, and he had decided to stop all therapy.
Completely numb today that our friend Jason Kelk passed away after a 14-month battle with Covid. He was a good friend for 27 years and I’ll miss the long chats and seeing his new #C64 developments. Exceptionally talented, kind hearted and generous person who i’ll miss very much. pic.twitter.com/uVkKKIcBJ1
He’s been there ever since, struggling for his life after the infection damaged his lungs and kidneys multiple times. Jason’s gastrointestinal problems worsened to the point where he had to be fed intravenously before he died.
In March of this year, there was a reason for optimism when he went 15 days without using a ventilator. He was taken off a 24-hour kidney filter and was seeing his family once a week in the hospital grounds.
He expressed his desire to return to his hometown of Leeds, stating he wished to “sit on our sofa with Sue and eat takeaway fish and chips while we watch TV.”
He did, however, and said, “I’ve lost hope on a few occasions, mainly because even now the destination I’m working towards seems so far away.”
Jason’s rehabilitation was going well, and he was able to sip cups of tea and eat cake again, as well as return to one of his passions: computer coding.
Unfortunately, he took a turn for the worse in early May, and he had to spend a few days on and off the ventilator before developing two infections. Sue claimed that he “never fully healed” from his ordeals.
When Jason died this morning, Sue stated he was surrounded by her, his mother, father, and sister.
He also leaves behind five stepchildren and eight grandchildren, including two who were born this year and whom he had never met, as well as one on the way.
According to mirror.co.uk, Sue said she will miss his sense of humor the most, as well as his “just being there.”
She added, “[My daughter] Katie wrote a beautiful poem about him and said we were soulmates and that’s exactly what we were.
“We finished each other’s sentences half the time. We just knew instinctively what the other one wanted. We just complemented each other.”
“It certainly has been a very fun life with him. We have done some fun things – but we had lots of things that we were going to do.”
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