Kate Garraway Reveals Husband Is Free Of Covid-19 But Disease Has ‘Wreaked Extraordinary Damage’

Matt Bagwell

Kate Garraway made an emotional return to Good Morning Britain to update viewers on her husband Derek Draper’s condition after he was hospitalised with coronavirus.

The daytime star’s husband, a former political aide to then-Labour cabinet minister Peter Mandelson, was admitted to hospital on 30 March.

Kate Garraway and her husband Derek Draper (Photo: James Gourley/ITV/Shutterstock)

During the two months he has been in intensive care, Kate has been updating fans on his condition on her social media accounts.

On Friday, she gave an emotional live interview from the garden of her London home with her co-host Ben Shephard, revealing that Derek was now free of Covid-19 but that the disease had “wreaked extraordinary damage on his body”.

“He’s still with us,” Kate began.

“He has fought the most extraordinary battle… I hate that idea of fighting a battle because it is a battle but… you know the fact that he’s still here and is holding on… I hate the idea that other people haven’t fought hard enough or something. 

“And I’m just so grateful that he’s still here and I’ve got the option of praying and hoping when others have had that stripped away. 

Kate Garraway (Photo: ITV)

Getting tearful, she added: “He is very, very sick. As time goes on… it’s a virus, it’s a little bit like a computer virus I think. It’s like the doctors manage one bit extraordinarily well and there seems to be a flicker of hope and then other things emerge and they’re fighting that and it’s affected him from the top of his head to the tip of his toes.

“Let’s look at some of the positives. He is now Covid-free. So he’s testing negative for the Covid virus. So the fight with the virus has been won and he’s still here. But it’s wreaked extraordinary damage on his body and we don’t know if he can recover from that, basically.”

The couple, who are both 52, married in 2005 and have a 14-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son, Darcey and William.

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