Kate Garraway emotionally recalls husband Derek's heartbreaking "breakthrough"

Naomi Gordon
·3-min read
Photo credit: Neil Mockford
Photo credit: Neil Mockford

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Kate Garraway has emotionally recalled how husband Derek Draper was able to speak his first word in a "heartbreaking" yet miraculous "breakthrough" amid his Covid-19 battle.

The TV presenter was appearing on Good Morning Britain via video-link from her home in west London as she told hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid that Derek has responded to hospital staff by mouthing the word "pain".

"The medical teams, who have done such great care to keep him with us, have been very respectful and have always talked to him [Derek] like he can hear everything, as I have, as the children have, as his mum and dad have, we kept on taking to him," she explained.

"They said, 'Right we are going to move your arm, we are going to move your leg' - because obviously that is part of the process so he doesn't cease up, frankly. Every time they would say, 'Let us know if there is any discomfort or any pain'. And he very clearly mouthed the word 'pain'. Everybody who was there, and I wasn't there at this point, couldn't believe it and tried to get him to do it again. Later, I was watching and I saw him mouth it again."

Photo credit: James Gourley/ITV/Shutterstock
Photo credit: James Gourley/ITV/Shutterstock

Derek has been in hospital with Covid-19 since March and was placed in an induced coma in April. He has since been brought round, but remains in intensive care and has suffered from various complications, including holes in his heart, kidney and lung problems as well as diabetes from damage to his pancreas.

Kate said that while it was devastating to know that Derek is enduring discomfort and pain, that he was able to communicate how he was feeling is a huge "breakthrough". In another positive step, Derek has also had his tracheotomy removed, so he's largely breathing on his own now.

"What it means is he has been able to connect a sensation in his body, with his brain and to connect that with his mouth to shape the word 'pain'...," she continued. "I believe he is in there, I believe he's still in there… it's a long way from being Derek with all his many words, with multiple colours, he has uttered… it’s a long way from all of that, but it's a start. It's the start isn't it?'"

Piers responded by saying it has given Kate and her family a "glimmer of hope", before describing her strength as "inspirational" and "awe inspiring".

Kate added that she hopes it's the beginning of a recovery, before reminding others that if you are "unlucky to get it like someone like Derek, even though he has been virus free for months, the potential for long term misery is huge".

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently commended Kate for her "amazing" courage and for raising awareness about the devastating impact of the virus as they thanked frontline NHS workers for their tireless work throughout the coronavirus crisis.

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