British Airways pilot Nicholas Synnott has died after a 15-month battle with covid, including nine months in hospital
A British Airways pilot who spent a record 243 days in a US hospital with coronavirus before returning to the UK has died after an extraordinary and brave battle against illness, MailOnline can reveal today.
Nicholas Synnott, the father of two, who turned 60 in February, took to the skies and hugged medical staff after being released from intensive care in the US and returning home to Betchworth, Surrey, shortly before Christmas.
But tragically, Mr Synnott has passed away 15 months after he first contracted Covid-19 on a flight to Houston and was hospitalized in Texas last March.
He leaves behind his wife Nicola, who spent every day at his bedside, and their two children Rebecca and George.
British Airways Director of Flight Operations, Captain Al Bridger, said: ‘We are shocked by this incredibly sad news. Nick was a valued member of our pilot family and a friend to many at the airline. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”
Mr Synnott, a top pilot and family man, spoke of his joy at leaving the hospital in December and sent his best wishes to Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper, saying he hoped Mr Draper would be able to recover after months in intensive care. . Derek came home in April – after 13 months in the hospital.
Mr Synnott was admitted to a Texas hospital in March but left in December to return home to the UK. His wife Nicola, 54, (pictured together), a school administrator who spent every day at her husband’s bedside, was praised for helping him recover last year and caring for him until he died
Father of two, Mr Synnott, 60, gasped after being fired and heading home to Betchworth, Surrey, shortly before Christmas
Mr Synnott was a much loved husband to Nicola and his children Rebecca and George (pictured)
His family has asked benefactors to donate to charity The trust of children, which supports young people with brain injuries and where Nick’s daughter works.
Mr. Synnott died in early June. His family urged his benefactors to donate to The Children’s Trust, where his daughter works
A commemorative fundraising page reads: Nick was a much-loved husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
“Instead of flowers, please donate on behalf of Nick to The Children’s Trust, which Rebecca (Nick’s daughter) works for.
“Nick was very proud of the work Rebecca did for them and would kindly ask you to support them.”
The much-loved pilot suffered from breathing problems, was treated with a ventilator and then a heart and lung machine after falling ill last year, his doctors said.
Mr Synnott, father of Rebecca (24) and George (21) from Surrey, became ill after a flight to Houston. His body was ravaged by the virus, and medics said his recovery was due in part to his family’s dedication.
He fought back extremely hard with his wife Nicola, 54, a school administrator who spent every day at her husband’s bedside until he left the hospital nine months later.
After leaving UT Health and Memorial Hermann Hospital, Mr. Synnott gasped, saying: ABC 30 News: ‘My temperature rose above 100 degrees … then I went through a kind of dark phase where there were psychological problems that I had to deal with.’
He added: ‘It has been a tough journey, but we are where we are.’
Doctors praised his wife Nicky’s dedication, who never left her husband
Mr Synnott spoke out to congratulate Derek Draper, Kate Garraway’s husband, and said he wished he would get out of the hospital too
He said he would have loved to see Houston again, especially the city’s zoo, because he watched it every day from his hospital window.
Cardiologist Dr Biswajit Kar, who treated Mr Synnott, said: “Every organ of his body was affected by Covid-19. Still, because his health as a pilot before the illness was so good, he was able to put up with all this and survive something as serious as this.”
dr. Bindu Akkanti, a specialist in intensive care, said his wife’s dedication was crucial to his recovery. I think we all agreed in our team that it was his wife,” she said.