Britain’s largest COVID-19 patient has died after being in hospital for more than a year.
Jason Kelk, 49, who had asthma and diabetes, died in a Leeds shelter surrounded by his family after deciding he “couldn’t live like this anymore”. He asked his doctors to stop treatment after they spent more than 14 months in the hospital.
Clack was admitted to St James Hospital on March 31, 2020, and soon after arriving, he was put on a ventilator and moved to the intensive care unit.
The virus destroyed his lungs and kidneys in a noisy way report. Kilk also developed severe stomach problems and had to be fed intravenously.
In March, after surviving two weeks without a fan, there was hope that Kelk would come home. Clack said he was looking forward to sitting on the sofa with his wife Sue, watching TV and eating fish and chips.
But his condition worsened in May.
“He just wanted it to be over,” his wife Sue Kelk said. “The antibiotics worked, but his ghost is gone. I really think Jason from February 2020 is over. This is the Jason we used to know. But the Jason that everyone loved was still around.”
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