Nicholas Synnott, an international pilot, had been based in the UK

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A British Airways pilot who spent eight months battling coronavirus in the US before returning home has sadly died.

Nicholas Synnott, a father of two who turned 60 in February, passed away last week, it is reported.

He leaves behind his wife Nicola, 54, and their two children Rebecca, a charity worker, and George, who is believed to be training to be a pilot in his father's footsteps.

Mr Synnott's tragic death comes just months after he punched the air and hugged medical staff as he was discharged from intensive care in the US and returned home to Surrey in time for Christmas.

British Airways Director of Flight Operations, Captain Al Bridger, told the Daily Mail : "We are devastated by this incredibly sad news.

Nicholas Synnott passed away last week

"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."

The family of Mr Synnott is fundraising for The Children's Trust in memory of the brave dad.

He spent eight months battling coronavirus in hospital

The pilot, who is based in London, took one of his ordinary trips to Houston, US, in March 2020.

After catching the virus he was hospitalised at U.T. Health and Memorial Hermann Hospital and had to be placed on a ventilator.

Speaking to local radio station KTRK, the doctors who worked on Mr Synott for months previously said he went into respiratory failure, was placed on a ventilator and then on a heart and lung machine.

UT Health Dr Biswajit Kar said: "Every organ of his body was affected by Covid-19."

He hugged medical staff when he finally left hospital in the US

His wife Nicki was at his bedside every day for nearly eight months while he was in hospital.

After he left the hospital in the US, Mr Synnott had said of his ordeal: "With the support of my wife, and the thought of going back to my kids.

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"It was a tough journey but, we've got where we are."

The cause of death has not yet been confirmed.