Kate Garraway details ‘amazing’ exchange with sick husband Derek Draper ‘He recognised it’

Kate Garraway gives update on husband Derek’s recovery

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Good Morning Britain host Kate Garraway gave viewers an update on her husband Derek Draper’s recovery today, after he battled Covid and remained in hospital for over a year. The mum-of-two shared a positive and “amazing” moment, as she embraces the “little things” after her husband Derek Draper returned home earlier this month.

The 53-year-old explained that her other half’s speech is currently limited as the virus severely impacted his body, but he has made small steps towards recovery.

The former political adviser is believed to be the UK’s longest-suffering patient.

Speaking on GMB to her co-stars Susanna Reid and Adil Ray, the presenter shared an update.

Kate began: “It’s been wonderful having Derek home.

“There’s been lots of little positives, whether it’s helping his cognition being at home or whether it’s because I’m there to see the little things.

“I couldn’t go [into the hospital] before and we were on FaceTime. I don’t know but it feels positive.”

The broadcaster went on to reveal that Derek uttered a few words to her but it was his recognition which left her “amazed” by his progress.

“I walked in the other morning… and he said, ‘New dress?’, which was just amazing.

“And it was, actually!”

Kate added: “So I thought it was amazing on so many levels because he recognised it (and) he realised and remembered that I need a lot of flattery, so there was some emotional connection there!

“It was just a little moment and then, of course, there was nothing.”

Asked if she believed Derek was benefiting from being at home, Kate added: “I hope so,” before saying: “So far so good but I don’t want to tempt fate.”


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Derek has been taken off all machines and breathing apparatus but continues to receive care at home.

Kate has been busy in his absence by adapting the family house to make it more accessible for her partner.

Last month, the GMB host gave an insight into her plans in the emotionally charged documentary Finding Derek.

Kate revealed she had installed a wheelchair lift and also had to undergo a huge clearout in order to create a ground-floor bedroom, among the many tweaks to her home.

A hospital bed and machinery have been installed to aid Derek’s recovery, as well as a wetroom and an alarm system for him to communicate with the family.

The presenter recently revealed that she would be sleeping downstairs in order to be closer to her husband.

Kate said: “It was a medical reason for reason for coming home, as well as our desire and his desire too, to try and encourage a more normal environment to stimulate his recovery, cognition, and consciousness better.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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