‘We don’t know how much he can recover’: Kate Garraway admits she is unsure about husband Derek Draper’s future amid his Covid battle
- Former lobbyist and political advisor Derek, 53, remains in hospital after being admitted in March last year with coronavirus
- While Derek no longer has coronavirus, the disease has left him suffering from multiple health conditions including diabetes and holes in his heart and lungs
- He has regained minimal consciousness from his medically induced coma and while he has not been speaking, he mouthed the word ‘pain’ in October
- Kate has been told her husband may never wake his coma and has admitted she is unsure how much he will ever be able to recover
Kate Garraway has revealed she is uncertain about Derek Draper’s future, 10 months after he contracted Covid.
The Good Morning Britain host, 53, has often spoken candidly about her husband’s ongoing fight and supporting their two children Darcey, 14 and William, 11, since he was diagnosed with the potentially deadly virus in March last year.
Speaking on the 5 Years Time podcast this week, Kate confessed that after months of uncertainty, she is still unsure if Derek will recover, but is continuing to hold out hope.
Uncertainty: Kate Garraway has revealed she is uncertain about Derek Draper’s future, 10 months after he contracted Covid (pictured in December 2019)
She explained: ‘It’s been really tough for us. Derek got really sick in the beginning of March…
‘Even though we’re hoping he can recover, it’s taking a very, very long time. We don’t know how much he can recover. So that’s impacted on us obviously dramatically. So, it’s been really difficult.’
Revealing that she had a more positive outlook this year, she added: ‘Everybody is hoping 2021 will bring just a bit of hope and relief.
‘The vaccine is here now, so everybody is hoping that will help Covid, I think, and help us regain some normality.’
Kate also noted that returning to work on GMB and hosting Smooth Radio has provided a welcome distraction amid her personal crisis.
Candid: The Good Morning Britain host, 53, has often spoken candidly about her husband’s ongoing fight since he was diagnosed with the potentially deadly virus in March last year
While Derek no longer has coronavirus, the virus has left him suffering from multiple health conditions including diabetes and holes in his heart and lungs.
Back in September, he passed the grim milestone of becoming the longest patient battling coronavirus in hospital in the UK, with doctors telling Kate that Derek’s infection was the ‘highest they had seen in a patient who had lived’.
Although Derek continues to fight his illnesses, doctors have warned that he may ‘never come out of a coma’.
Speaking on GMB last week, Kate’s colleague Piers Morgan, 55, urged viewers to take the virus seriously and made the stark revelation that Derek remains in perilous condition.
In his desperate message to viewers, Piers said: ‘We know from our colleague Kate Garraway, whose husband is still in a coma from Covid. He may never come out of that coma. She’s been told this, and it’s heartbreaking.’
Struggle: While Derek no longer has Covid, the virus has left him suffering from multiple health conditions including diabetes and holes in his heart and lungs (pictured December 2019)
Just days before, Kate gave a heartbreaking update on her husband’s ongoing battle with Covid-19, saying ‘his body has been ravaged’ by the virus.
Kate spoke to Piers and Susanna Reid about her upcoming book which will detail the last year of her family’s life, admitting she’s been feeling ‘physically low and at the end of my tether’ since Christmas.
‘Derek’s still ravaged from the effects of Covid from way back in March, his recovery is incredibly uncertain,’ Kate explained.
She added that she’s working with Derek’s medical team to come up with new treatments but she’s finding the scale of the current Covid death rate ‘unbearable’.
‘I’m trying to look for new things and new ways and talking to doctors about what we can do for him meanwhile people are still dying in extraordinary numbers – people that aren’t older and haven’t got underlying conditions, it’s unbearable.’
She added to Piers that he inspired her to write her book The Power Of Hope after he told her to keep a diary since the early days of Derek’s illness:
Tough year: Kate will release a book about her struggle, The Power Of Hope, in April
‘You and Susanna say: “You’re just an inspiration to keep going”, and I thought if I could tell my story and some of the people that have helped me then maybe that will be helpful for people.’
Kate took to Instagram to share the front cover of her ‘raw and emotional story’, The Power Of Hope, about her husband’s ‘long fight’.
Kate told her followers Derek’s ‘journey is far from over’ and the family are working out what their ‘new future will look like’.
She wrote: ‘Hello everyone – I’ve not been on here for a while as I’ve been taking time to gather myself and focus like everyone else on getting through this latest lockdown.
‘The pandemic is far from over and so is Derek’s journey but I have decided to share our story and what’s helping to keep me going, as we all try to work out what our new futures will look like.
‘I am really hoping that it will help you with all that you are going through.’
In August, Kate revealed she was writing a self-help book but explained that she was given the deal before Derek’s illness and was tweaking the book to include ‘insights’ from the ordeal.
Derek has regained minimal consciousness from his medically induced coma and while he has not been speaking, he heartbreakingly mouthed the word ‘pain’ in October last year.
Finally: Kate’s children, daughter Darcey, 14 and son William, 11, finally got to visit their father in hospital in December (pictured in 2018)
Kate’s children finally got to visit their father in hospital in December.
She admitted the family reunion was ‘heightened with emotion’ because her children saw how Derek was ‘very changed’ by his battle with the virus.
She explained: ‘It was very heightened with emotion, because he’s very changed.
‘So all the routines that we’d normally do, it was one of those moments that it was so wonderful but also it amplified how sad everything was. And how different it is.
‘But it was still fantastic, and we’re very grateful to have had that opportunity.’
Kate has been unable to see Derek due to new restrictions introduced during the third lockdown, which bans any visitors on the COVID-19 ward where he is recovering.
A timeline of Derek’s coronavirus battle
Kate revealed she and Prince Charles had got ‘relatively close’ at the Prince’s Trust Awards on March 11 – Charles was diagnosed with coronavirus in mid-March.
She said: ‘Around the 29/30 March, I came home came in and said [to Derek] ‘god you look ill.’
‘He said he had a headache, numbness in his right hand, and was struggling to breathe,
‘I rang Dr Hilary (Jones) and tried to get through, he talked to Derek. He said put me back on, I think you need to call an ambulance’
Derek, 52, was taken into hospital on March 30 and remained in an unresponsive condition.
Kate and her children isolated at home after she displayed ‘mild symptoms’.
Kate said: ‘Derek remains in intensive care and is still very ill. I’m afraid it remains an excruciatingly worrying time.
‘I’m afraid he is still in a deeply critical condition, but he is still here, which means there is hope.’
Kate said: ‘The journey for me and my family seems to be far from over as every day my heart sinks as I learn new and devastating ways this virus has more battles for Derek to fight.
‘But he is still HERE & so there is still hope.’
That month, Kate and her family took part in the final clap for carers
She said: ‘I’ll never give up on that because Derek’s the love of my life but at the same time I have absolute uncertainty’
On June 5, Kate revealed Derek is now free from coronavirus but continues to fight against the damage inflicted on his body
On July 5, Kate revealed Derek has woken from his coma but he remains in a serious yet critical condition.
On July 8, she announced she would be returning to GMB, after being urged by doctors to ‘get on with life’ during Derek’s recovery.
She added that Derek had ‘opened his eyes’ after waking from his coma, but has been told his recovery could take years.
On July 13, Kate returned to GMB for the first time since Derek was hospitalised.
On July 28, Kate revealed she’d paid an ‘extra emotional’ first visit to Derek, and admitted she’s ‘frustrated’ by his slow progress.
On August 14, Kate reassured GMB viewers that Derek was ‘still with us,’ but it was ‘a waiting game.’
On August 19, Kate revealed she celebrated Derek’s birthday with their two children, and described the day as ‘challenging’ for her family.
At the end of September, Derek reportedly becomes the longest surviving patient with coronavirus after spending 184 days in and out of intensive care.
Kate reveals Derek has lost eight stone during his battle.
The presenter announces she is returning to her Smooth Radio show so Derek can hear her voice.
On October 30 Kate reveals that Derek has spoken for the first time in seven months, saying the word ‘pain’ to his wife, who watched on ‘in tears’ over FaceTime.
Kate says a day later that her husband no longer needs a ventilator to breathe.
Kate reveals her family car has been stolen in latest ‘body blow’ to her family life, as kind-hearted fans offer their cars to help.
She says she feels ‘physically sick’ at the prospect of facing her first Christmas without Derek.
The GMB star tells viewers it is her dream to visit Derek on Christmas Day.
She also reveals she missed two weeks on GMB after her children were exposed to the virus, but thankfully she and the kids tested negative.
On December 17, Kate has an emotional conversation live on GMB with two nurses who treated Derek when he was first admitted to Whittington Hospital in North London.
On New Year’s Eve she reflects on a ‘calamitous’ Christmas without Derek, as her house was flooded and she struggled to get a food delivery slot until her pal Emma Willis stepped in to help.
Kate reveals she and her children got to visit Derek in hospital over the Christmas period, and it was the first time her family had seen him since he was hospitalised.
She also says she’s banned from seeing him due to new restrictions introduced during the government’s third lockdown.
Kate reveals she is unsure how much Derek will ‘ever be able to recover’ following warning from doctors that he may never wake from his coma
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