Who was Jason Kelk? Bio, Wiki, Age, Wife, UK’s Longest COVID Patient Dies

Jason Kelk Bio/Wiki

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.


He was 49 years old.


Sue Kelk is the wife of Jason Kelk.

Jason’s heartbroken wife Sue Kelk, 63, said his battle had become too much for him, and he had decided to stop all therapy.

Sue added, paying tribute to her 20-year “soulmate,”

“It was so peaceful. It was definitely important for him to do it on his terms.

“But he is leaving an awful lot of people absolutely bereft. People might not think he has been brave but my God, he has been brave. I really think he has.”

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

UK’s Longest COVID Patient Dies Full Details

Jason, who had type 2 diabetes and asthma, was taken to the hospital on March 31 and moved to intensive care two days later, on April 3.

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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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