Uber driver, 45, dies 'of coronavirus after picking up passenger from Heathrow Airport'

AN UBER driver died from coronavirus after picking up a passenger from Heathrow Airport, his friend has said.

Rajesh Jayaseelan, 45, spoke with his heartbroken wife and two sons, aged six and four, from his hospital bed hours before he died at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow, North West London.

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His long-term pal Sunil Kumar said Rajesh's last job was picking up a passenger from Heathrow Airport on March 25.

Rajesh then came down with symptoms a few days later and admitted himself to hospital on April 3.

Mr Kumar also said Rajesh's landlord told him to leave his flat because there was "a possibility" he would come down with Covid-19 and he was forced to sleep in his car until he found a new home.

When Rajesh started to show symptoms of coronavirus he self-isolated, following NHS guidance.

Mr Kumar said his friend's condition "worsened" and after not having the energy to cook as well as "breathing difficulties", Rajesh drove himself to the hospital.

The dad-of-two died alone on April 11.

Rajesh moved from Bangalore, India more than 10 years ago to try and provide a better life for his wife and two children – who are still in India.

The last time Rajesh visited his wife and children was over Christmas before returning to London in January.

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Mr Kumar told MyLondon: "He was hoping to improve but on April 11 I was told by the hospital that doctors were losing hope.

"He spoke to his wife from his hospital bed and I also spoke to him. But four hours later I received a call from the hospital to let me know that he died."

Mr Kumar added: "His family are heartbroken. He was their only hope for a better life and he had been working very hard for his family.

"His dream was to build a house and to ensure his children had a better life."

Mr Kumar has created a GoFundMe to help Rajesh's family.

On the page, he wrote: "Rajesh moved to London almost a decade ago with the dream of creating a bright future & better life for his family who live in India.

"While in his most recent stint as an Uber Driver he contracted this deadly virus and battled.

"His family is in shatters, as they look into a very bleak future.

Whilst all of us are in our own difficult times at the moment, it would be greatly appreciated if you can donate anything possible, to help shape his family & his kids’ future."


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