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25th May 2021

Kate Garraway says husband Derek is “devastated by Covid”

The TV presenter appeared on the Andrew Marr Show over the weekend.

TV presenter Kate Garraway has given an update on her husband’s health, as he continues to recover from Covid-19.

Last year, Derek Draper was diagnosed with Covid-19 and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit and eventually put in a medically induced coma. He opened his eyes after one month, but remained in hospital for a year.

The hospital staff told Garraway that Derek was one of the most seriously ill patients to remain alive that they had seen.

Last month, Derek finally returned home, and is receiving 24/7 care.

On Sunday, Kate appeared on The Andrew Marr show and gave an update on Derek’s health.

“He came home on April the 7th so we’re a few weeks into it now,” she said. “How is he? Look, he’s devastated by Covid.

“He can’t really move. His communication is very minimal. There are moments where they’re up, so in those moments you feel you know he’s in there.

“He has a lot of memory. But the accessing of it is very limited.”

Kate told Marr that while he has a long road ahead of him, she stressed the importance of him being alive.

“He’s a long way from the Derek Draper that you know Andrew, but he’s home and he’s alive. He’s asleep now.”

Marr then told Kate: “Give him all our love and all our very best wishes.”

Earlier this year, Kate released Finding Derek, a documentary to mark her husband’s return home. In it, she met with doctors and healthcare staff as well as other ‘long Covid’ patients.

Additionally, Kate authored a book – The Power of Hope – detailing her experience of her husband’s illness.

Last month, Kate shared the hopeful news that there had been “moments of recognition and reaction” from Derek during his recovery.