Kate Garraway has given an emotional interview describing how her husband’s Derek Draper is still in a terrible state after becoming the worst affected living Covid patient in the UK.
The Good Morning Britain star appeared on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories to talk about her husband’s slow recovery after contracting Covid at the start of the pandemic and spending more than a year in hospital.
Kate told Piers Covid had ” devastated” her husband reports Mirror Online.
She said: “From the top of his head to the tip of his toe. His digestive system, his liver, his kidneys, his heart, his nervous system. We’re pretty sure that the inflammation did pass through the brain.
Piers remarked “Derek is thought to be the worst affected living Covid patient in the United Kingdom,” Piers points out. “He spent 13 months in hospital – the longest stay of anyone who survived the disease. “
Kate added: “He still can’t communicate, he still has issues with mobility. Fundamentally, he’s in a terrible state. Look, he’s alive, Piers.”
Kate – who has two children with Derek 15-year-old Darcey and 12-year-old Billy has been bringing up her family as a single parent.
After more than a year in hospital — including several months in an induced coma — he returned home earlier this year.
In September Kate revealed he was still sleeping up to 20 hours a day and receiving around-the-clock care.
The popular presenter’s experiences led her to making BAFTA-winning ITV documentary Kate Garraway: Finding Derek.
In the new interview Piers who is a long time friend of the couple revealed that he was able to speak to Derek very briefly.
He said: “We had a moment last night when I rang you about this interview. Without warning, you said to me, ‘Why don’t you talk to Derek?’ and Derek replied when you said it was me, very loud, clear, ‘Hello.’ And I said a few things to him and at the end he said, ‘Thank you’. I was stunned.”
Well, so were we,” Kate replies. “The carers that were with me at the time burst into tears. I mean, I don’t want to suggest you’re a healer Piers but it was a remarkable moment. It’s moments like that that make you realise that he is in there.
“And we’ve had others – he will turn to me and say, ‘I love you.'”
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She added: “I think you’re right and I think I’m going to cry already. He is there! He’s fought so hard to stay in this world and I’m not giving up on him ever. He will have moments of clarity and it’s like he disappears again.”
Piers Morgan’s Life Stories airs on Sunday on ITV at 8pm
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