Kate Garraway discusses Derek Draper's situation at home
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Good Morning Britain co-anchor Kate Garraway has revealed that despite requiring round the clock medical attention, Derek Draper, 53, is making a positive recovery. Derek became the UK’s longest hospital in-patient after contracting coronavirus in March 2020.
There are things that he does that are miraculous.
Derek was released from hospital earlier this month after spending a year in an intensive care unit, with part of his treatment seeing him placed in a coma.
While recuperating at the family home in London, Kate has since said that her husband, a former lobbyist, requires “so much equipment” and constant medical care that it is similar to being at the hospital.
Despite this, he has since made “miraculous” steps in recent weeks and is looking towards the future.
Kate, also 53, has revealed that despite his struggles, Derek can say some words, but is yet to be able to hold a full conversation.
During an appearance on This Morning, Kate said: “For a long period, he was in the induced coma and then in the middle of the summer last year they realised that he was just in a coma and he couldn’t wake up.
“And then there was a huge period through the autumn of hoping and trying to get some response – and now, you know, there are things that he does that are miraculous.”
The mum-of-two admitted that while the Draper-Garraway family have now reunited at home, family life has become a “different life”.
She added: “He needs 24-hour care and not even care that I could do.”
Kate, who starred on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, continued: “Even if I could stay awake for 24 hours – which sometimes, in these jobs, we’ve had a crack at.
“But, even if I could be awake for 24 hours, I couldn’t do it because it’s specific medical stuff.”
The broadcaster went on to say: “He remembers extraordinary things, he’s saying some words – but it’s definitely not a conversation.
“He’s physically very changed, everything has to be done for him.”
Kate has adapted the ground floor of the family home to be more suitable for Derek and his specific needs and medical equipment.
Speaking about their two children, Billy and Darcey, Kate added: “Not only could I not say how I was going to sort it out for them, which you want to do as a parent, but the experts couldn’t say how they were going to sort it out.
“I just dreaded that he wouldn’t remember us.
“Which is rather selfish of me actually, because I don’t know whether he would have been in a better or worse position.
“But it’s just that life you’ve built together and how much he loves the children, how much he loved family life and all his family and friends.”
The Abingdon on Thames born star continued: “And the thought that he’d lost that, I just thought ‘Gosh, that would be very hard’, because at one point we thought we might be caring for him at home, and we’d be strangers.
“And that’s terrifying for him and strange for us. But he definitely knows us and he definitely is pleased to be home, and we’re definitely so glad to have him home.”
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