Kate Garraway opens up about the "horror" of husband Derek's Covid ordeal

Naomi Gordon
·2-min read
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Photo credit: ITV - ITV

From Good Housekeeping

Kate Garraway has said she doesn't know whether husband Derek Draper "will ever have any kind of life again" as she opened up about his Covid ordeal in a heartbreaking interview.

Derek was hospitalised last spring after contracting the virus, and remains in intensive care for continued treatment, experiencing only "fleeting glimmers of consciousness", Kate explained to The Sunday Times.

While Derek no longer has the virus, it has caused heart failure and damage to his liver and pancreas. Kate revealed that doctors don't know why Covid has taken such a devastating toll on Derek's health, and have said that it is unlikely that he will make a full recovery.

"I feel like he is in an ocean of unconsciousness and sometimes he comes up to the surface," Kate continued. "In the run-up to Christmas there were moments of consciousness where I felt like we were really communicating."

Photo credit: Can Nguyen/Shutterstock
Photo credit: Can Nguyen/Shutterstock

Kate also spoke of the months "of horror, of live-or-die phone calls", recalling one harrowing moment when she was told over the phone: 'He may have died. Somebody will call you back.' The TV presenter said she found out 24 hours later that someone else with a similar sounding name had died.

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Later this month, Kate will give "an intimate insight" into how she and her family have coped with her husband's illness and the impact of COVID-19 in a one-off film for ITV.

Kate Garraway: Finding Derek offers "an unflinching account of the profound effects on her family and on others" in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Kate and Derek have two children together, Darcy, 14, and Billy, 12.

Kate Garraway: Finding Derek will air on Monday, March 23rd on ITV at 9pm.

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