Kate Garraway: It is amazing to have my husband back home

She said it was an emotional reunion with her children.

Kate Garraway: It is amazing to have my husband back home

Kate Garraway says it is “amazing” to have husband Derek Draper home.

Former political adviser Draper, 53, was admitted to hospital in March last year with coronavirus symptoms.

Presenter 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.

Derek Draper
Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper (Tim Ireland/PA)

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.”

Kate Garraway's book, The Power Of Hope
Garraway is publishing a book called The Power Of Hope (Transworld Publishers/PA)

“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.”

“It does feel like the hospital has come home with me at the moment,” she said.

It is hoped the move will prompt “some recovery because he has definitely plateaued at this level.

“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.

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