Kate Garraway shares husband Derek's lovely reaction to her new dress

Naomi Gordon
·2-min read
Photo credit: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
Photo credit: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock

Kate Garraway has shared a positive update on her husband Derek Draper's condition since he returned home after being hospitalised with Covid-19 over a year ago.

The Good Morning Britain presenter revealed that Derek had complimented her on a new dress, which she described as an "emotional connection" between them, and indicates a small improvement in his condition.

"It's been wonderful having Derek at home - and lots of little positives, I think." Kate told viewers this morning (April 22nd). "And whether those are positives because it is genuinely helping his cognition being at home or whether it's just because I'm there to see the little things – whereas I couldn't go in [to hospital] before and we were on Facetime and stuff, I don't know. But it feels positive, so little moments of reaction."

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The TV star then recalled: "He actually said something the other day. I walked in the other morning just before I left to go to Smooth [radio] and I said, 'I'm off to Smooth now,' and he said, 'New dress?' which was just amazing. And it was, actually!"

Laughing, Kate admitted: "I thought that was amazing on so many levels because he recognised it, second, he realised to remember that I need a lot of flattery... So there was some emotional connection there and some basis of what our relationship has always been based on. And it was just a little moment."

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Derek first fell ill in March last year, and was admitted to hospital and placed in an induced coma. As a result of Covid, he has suffered kidney failure, liver and pancreatic damage and lost eight stone. He's now back at home but requires round-the-clock care.

"We all know, don't we, that carers are incredible, we've said it so much this year," Kate added. "But for them it's learning about him... They don't know the details - learning about us, learning about me, big learning curve there! So, so far so good, but I don't want to tempt fate..."

Kate and Derek have two children together - Darcey, 15, and Billy, 12.

Good Morning Britain airs on ITV on weekday mornings.

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