Leeds residents pay tribute to UK's longest Covid patient Jason Kelk after tragic death

Leeds man Jason Kelk - who was thought to be the UK’s longest Covid-19 inpatient having spent the past 14-and-a-half months in hospital - has died.

By Abbey Maclure
Sunday, 20th June 2021, 4:45 pm

The 49-year-old’s devastated family revealed to the Yorkshire Evening Post that his battle had simply got too much for him and he had come to the heartbreaking decision to withdraw from all treatment.

On Friday he was transferred from St James’ Hospital - where had been since March 31 last year - to St Gemma’s Hospice where he spent his final hours surrounded by his family.

Paying tribute to her "soulmate", his wife Sue, 63, who has been with Jason for over 20 years said his death was "so peaceful".

Jason Kelk pictured in March with his granddaughter Felicity Wager, five. Picture: Simon Hulme

Leeds residents have paid their tributes to Jason on social media:

Toni Darnton: "So sad to hear this. My thoughts are with his wife and family."

Loubie Lou: "RIP sweet man and may your suffering be over."

Ruth Paddy: "RIP Jason. You fought so bravely. Love to all your family who sorely grieve your loss."

Tracey Mclauchlan: "True Seacroft fighting spirit, may he rest in peace."

Nyree Devanny: "Heartbreaking when he fought so hard. His battle is over may he rest in peace. Thoughts are with his family."

Jude Tray: "I am so sorry for your loss. St Gemma's Hospice is a wonderful place, my late mum used to refer to it as heaven."

Catherine Gilmore: "R.I.P brave man. What a fight you must have put up."

Jackie Parker: "RIP Jason, an amazing man now at peace."

Patricia Leighton​: "So very sad. Thoughts with loved ones, family and friends. RIP Jason."

Karen Gaughan: "RIP Jason. You can rest now, so sad this had to happen. Thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends."

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