Kate Garraway: Good Morning Britain presenter speaks of joy at having husband Derek Draper home after year-long Covid-19 battle
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Former political adviser Draper, 53, was admitted to hospital in March last year with coronavirus symptoms.
Garraway, also 53, told Good Morning Britain of the decision to bring him home: “It felt as though everything had stalled medically and, if anything, was going slightly back.”
She said doctors decided “let’s give this a go, get him home safely”, to see whether being in the family environment again helps.
Doctors “looked at his cognition and consciousness” and tried “to think what would be the best way to improve that,” she said.
She said it was an emotional reunion with their children.
“As we pulled up… I saw two little faces, Darcey and Billy looking out the window, and I could literally see them going, ‘He’s here’.
“And they ran out and ran to open the door and he immediately burst into tears and there was a lot of hugging…
“He absolutely knew he was home,” she said.
“He’s absolutely responding and aware.”
Garraway said there had been “lovely moments”, such as setting the table for four people, and giving Draper one of her casseroles, which “he loves”.
“It feels like the start of a huge chapter but a really big and important one,” she told the ITV show.
“He can’t really move, we do need a lot of help, it is 24-hour care, it’s going to take a lot of adjustment.”
And she added: “I haven’t really slept as you can probably tell.”
“We’re hugely grateful for this level and not losing him. But we really want to see if we can move forward, if we can get him speaking more, if he’s able to move more – it’s going to be very slow and a bit of a wait-and-see”.
Last month ITV broadcast Finding Derek, a documentary exploring Draper’s illness and its effect on their two children.
It detailed their experiences during Draper’s illness and featured Good Morning Britain host Garraway speaking to people suffering long Covid, NHS staff and other experts.
One scene saw her recall being told by Draper’s doctors that he was the most seriously ill person they had seen who remained alive.