COVID-19: UK’s oldest coronavirus patient dies after choosing to withdraw from treatment | UK News
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 in March 2020.
He was transferred to a hospice yesterday morning and died surrounded by his family.
His wife Sue Kelk wrote on Facebook on Friday: “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.”
She told Sky News her husband was brave because “he didn’t want to live like this anymore,” adding, “He was my soul mate. We were two sides of the same coin – different but united.”
Ms Kelk wrote on Thursday that her “darling husband” was facing “another setback” in her battle with the coronavirus after contracting an infection.
After his death, the 63-year-old told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “It was really important for him to do it on his terms.
“But he leaves a lot of people completely bereft.”
Last month Ms Kelk told Sky News she feared he had ‘given up’ after his condition worsened and began to suffer. “Fainting attacks”.
She had previously planned her return home by launching a crowdfunding appeal to help convert their property.
Ms Kelk had said she feared her husband would “no longer believe in himself” in his fight for recovery.
Although he had spent several weeks without a ventilator in recent months, he had to use one again after his condition worsened and he still needed kidney dialysis.
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.