Kate Garraway says she hasn't been able to see husband Derek since Christmas

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

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Kate Garraway returned to Good Morning Britain on Thursday (11th February) and informed co-host Ben Shephard that she hasn't been able to see husband Derek Draper since Christmas, before interviewing Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

The TV presenter's husband contracted the virus back in March 2020, and was later placed in an induced coma to help his body fight the infection. Derek remains in hospital and while he is now able to breathe on his own, he is generally unresponsive. Kate has been keeping viewers updated on Derek's condition on the ITV programme and on her Instagram account.

She revealed that when she and her children visited Derek in hospital at Christmas, it was the first time that Darcey, 14, and Billy, 11, had seen their father since he was hospitalised.

"There is no end in sight to that. That's a really tough thing we've got," Kate added.

During her interview with Matt Hancock, Kate said: "We haven’t had a chance to speak since Derek got sick last March directly and I have watched you and all politicians wrestle with an impossible situation, just as I have watched doctors wrestle with an impossible situation, just as I have seen how things have changed for Derek."

She then asked what planning there was for long Covid and helping people like her husband and others who are still ill many months after contracting the virus.

Hancock said: "I think this is an incredibly important subject and it is very close to my heart too. I know people close to me who have long Covid and it is a really serious problem.

"We have put significant funding into research to try to understand the causes and there appear to be a whole series of different syndromes that cause different symptoms that all amount to long Covid…

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

"I know that Derek had it very very seriously, but also some people don’t end up in hospital, don’t have particularly severe initial symptoms and end up having those symptoms stay with them for months.”

Speaking with Good Housekeeping UK recently, Kate was positive about Derek's progress against virus, saying: "It's very much two steps forward, three steps back. But if I think back to where we were in March 2020... When Derek's lungs were solid with infection and his infection rates were the highest doctors had seen in anyone who has lived, we're undoubtedly in a more positive place."

The TV star is releasing a book charting Derek's battle with Covid-19, and how it has impacted her family called The Power of Hope.

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