Kate Garraway reveals she’s going to visit her husband Derek Draper amid COVID-19 battle


Kate Garraway has revealed she’s finally getting to visit her husband Derek Draper in person, as he remains hospitalised during his recovery from COVID-19.

The presenter, 52, said on Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain that nurses are setting up a television so Derek can watch her, after revealing on Monday she’s staying positive after her husband had ‘a stable day’ in his recovery.

Kate made her return to GMB on Monday alongside Ben Shephard after taking a break from the show while Derek was hospitalised.

 

At last! Kate Garraway has revealed she’s finally getting to visit her husband Derek Draper in person, as he remains hospitalised during his recovery from COVID-19

Kate told Ben Shephard: ‘I might be able to go and visit Derek today! In fact the nurses are going to put GMB on for him – they have a TV – and they’re going to put it on for him this morning. 

‘They forgot I was on yesterday – they’re going to see if he can hear anything.’

Ben noted that nurses are going to ‘See if there is any stimulation.’ by showing Derek his wife on the TV, with Kate adding: ‘Trying everything we can do.’

Sad: The presenter, 52, said on Tuesday's Good Morning Britain that nurses are setting up a television so Derek can watch her, as he continues to recover from COVID-19 (pictured in 2019)

Sad: The presenter, 52, said on Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain that nurses are setting up a television so Derek can watch her, as he continues to recover from COVID-19 (pictured in 2019)

Exciting: She said: ''I might be able to go and visit Derek today! In fact the nurses are going to put GMB on for him - they have a TV - and they're going to put it on for him this morning'

Exciting: She said: ”I might be able to go and visit Derek today! In fact the nurses are going to put GMB on for him – they have a TV – and they’re going to put it on for him this morning’

During the show Kate also admitted that being at home has turned into ‘a battlezone’ with her daughter Darcey, 14, as she pesters her for a television in her bedroom.

Offering her side during a debate about whether it’s healthy for parents to allow children to have their own television, she said: ‘I have always been firmly against TV in the bedroom.’

‘Actually people need a bit of space, we have all been on top of eachother.

‘Family TV time has become a battle zone. I am not even watching what I want to watch i am just marshalling between Billy and Darcey.

‘And Billy is clever he will say I cant watch this it is not age appropriate – when really he does not want to watch The Kardashians – and then Darcey is then upset she cannot watch what she wants!’

She’s back! On Monday Kate returned to host GMB for the first time since Derek was hospitalised

On Monday Kate returned to host GMB for the first time since Derek was hospitalised, and will appear alongside Ben while Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid take a summer break.

Following the show she took to Instagram to reveal that Derek had ‘a stable day,’ and she’s keeping ‘all her fingers crossed’ during his recovery.

Sharing a selfie alongside Ben from the GMB set, Kate wrote: ‘Well I survived my 1st day back without crashing the show thanks to the brilliant @benshephardofficial, the whole wonderful @gmb team & all of YOUR patience!! 

‘Thanks so much for your incredibly kind messages. Means such a lot . Derek had a stable day too so [fingers crossed]. See you at 6 a.m tomorrow xxx.’ 

Getting better: Following her return, Kate he took to Instagram to reveal that Derek had 'a stable day,' and she's keeping 'all her fingers crossed' during his recovery

Getting better: Following her return, Kate he took to Instagram to reveal that Derek had ‘a stable day,’ and she’s keeping ‘all her fingers crossed’ during his recovery

Kate was welcomed back to GMB by Ben after her break during Derek’s battle with coronavirus, but joked she needed him to ‘be rude’ to her to avoid her getting too tearful.

Ben said: ‘It’s lovely having you back, back to work. First day back in quite a while’, adding ‘Nothing has gone wrong yet.’ 

Kate said: ‘We’ll have some fun this morning, we’ve had a lot of emotion.’  

REVEALED: HOW THE CRUEL LEGACY OF COVID MAY LAST A LIFETIME 

Covid-19 could leave survivors with debilitating illnesses that last for years, doctors have warned since the outbreak spiralled out of control.

One leading medic called it ‘this generation’s polio’ – a disease that killed thousands and left a generation with life-long mobility issues. 

Patients who spend weeks fighting the disease can suffer from long-term complications caused by permanent damage to their lungs and liver, but serious problems can also blight people who only have a minor illness. 

SCARRING AND LONG-TERM LUNG DAMAGE 

Several recent studies have highlighted proof Covid-19 causes fibrosis – scarring of the lung tissue – that makes it harder for the organs to work.

A research paper published in a Chinese journal in March said ‘pulmonary fibrosis may be one of the major [long-term] complications in Covid-19 patients’.

A build-up of scar tissue in the lungs can reduce their capacity to absorb air, leaving a patient with breathing difficulties, shortness of breath or a cough. 

Insufficient oxygen also has knock-on effects on the other vital organs, which rely on the chemical to work. Without it, they cannot work as efficiently and may start to fail or work less efficiently. 

Failing kidneys may result in a patient needing long-term medication or dialysis, while a severely damaged liver could require a transplant to treat. 

IMMUNE SYSTEM OVER-REACTION CAN DAMAGE HEART, LIVER & KIDNEYS

Evidence is also emerging that the virus may affect the the liver, kidneys, heart and blood vessels because of the way it can force the immune system to attack healthy parts of the body.

As well as the potential of immediate death in the case of kidney failure, a heart attack or a stroke, any damage to these vital organs can cause lifelong disability and dramatically increase the risk of dying young.

A paper in the journal JAMA Cardiology in March reported a fifth of patients in a group of 416 who were hospitalised in Wuhan, China, had suffered heart damage.

Another study in Wuhan found that 16 out of 36 intensive care patients developed irregular heartbeats, called arrhythmia, which can weaken the heart’s ability to pump blood. 

Coronavirus can also cause blood clots, scientists say, which raise the risk of stroke or heart attack. 

The heart problems are thought to occur as a result of the virus triggering a ‘cytokine storm’, where the immune system overreacts to the infection.  

GROWING EVIDENCE OF BRAIN DAMAGE AND NEUROLOGICAL EFFECTS 

Long-term brain damage may also be a consequence of Covid-19 infection, according to emerging research of patients who caught it.

Doctors around the world say they are seeing growing numbers of people with neurological symptoms such as headaches, loss of smell and taste, tingling sensations, losing the ability to speak and even seizures and strokes, the BBC reported. 

Dr Elissa Fory, from the Henry Ford Foundation in Detroit, said: ‘We don’t know yet if the encephalopathy [brain damage] is more severe with Covid-19 than with other viruses, but I can tell you we’ve been seeing quite a lot of it.’

Symptoms affecting the brain are harder to measure and track – it took months for officials in the UK to admit a lost sense of smell was a symptom of coronavirus – but they can be permanent. 

HOSPITAL STAYS AND TREATMENT CAN BE DEBILITATING 

As well as damage caused by the virus itself, patients who are seriously ill with Covid-19 – particularly those in intensive care – will suffer long-term health problems just from being in hospital. 

Physiotherapists warn patients muscles start to waste away quickly when they are in hospital beds, which can leave them with mobility problems for a long time – especially if they are already elderly, which many coronavirus patients are.

People’s lungs can also be irreparably damaged by ventilators, the intensive care machines which help people to breathe when they cannot do it alone.

The machines work by blowing air into the lungs through a tube inserted directly down the throat and into the airways. The pressure of the air being forced into the lungs can tear and split the delicate tissue inside the lungs and leave them permanently damaged. This is a trade-off: the machines are usually a last resort for people who can’t breathe on their own and would die without the ventilator.

People who get seriously ill are also at a risk of developing depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because of their ordeal after the initial infection has gone. 

EVEN MILD ILLNESS CAN DRAG ON FOR MONTHS 

There is growing evidence that even mild Covid-19 can have long-lasting consequences and the UK Government last weekend launched a study into the after-effects of the illness.

Experts on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) warned that Covid-19 patients could be left with ‘extreme tiredness and shortness of breath for several months’ even if they were not hospitalised.

Concerns about the lasting effects of the illness were discussed in a SAGE meeting which took place on May 7. 

Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of the NHS, revealed some patients need psychological treatment for ‘post-intensive care syndrome’. 

And another scientific advisor to the Government told The Telegraph that ‘a very high proportion’ of Covid-19 survivors ‘cannot get back to a normal life’. 

Last week Kate revealed in an emotional GMB interview that Derek had ‘almost died six times,’ during his battle with coronavirus, and was still semi-conscious after being brought out of his coma. 

She told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid: ‘It is a very desperate situation, it’s very very difficult, of course there’s fantastic hope he’s still alive, the doctors do keep saying it’s a miracle he’s still alive. 

‘I was speaking to a doctor yesterday who said he’s sick as anyone I’ve ever seen in 35 years of medicine, and some of those people who were as sick as him aren’t here. 

‘Six times they said he’s not going to make it, and obviously you couldn’t visit. So he’s been very very sick, but it’s a new disease, there’s no data, so what they can say is it’s great he’s here. 

‘There’s flickers of hope, his lungs are starting to recover, his kidneys are doing better, his liver, but they don’t know how much better he can get.’ 

A timeline of Derek’s coronavirus battle  

MARCH  

Kate revealed she and Prince Charles had got ‘relatively close’ at the Prince’s Trust Awards on March 11 – Charles was diagnosed with coronavirus in mid-March.  

She said: ‘Around the 29/30 March, I came home came in and said [to Derek] ‘god you look ill.’

 ‘He said he had a headache, numbness in his right hand, and was struggling to breathe,

‘I rang Dr Hilary (Jones) and tried to get through, he talked to Derek. He said put me back on, I think you need to call an ambulance’

Derek, 52, was taken into hospital on March 30 and remained in an unresponsive condition. 

APRIL  

Kate and her children isolated at home after she displayed ‘mild symptoms’.

Kate said: ‘Derek remains in intensive care and is still very ill. I’m afraid it remains an excruciatingly worrying time.

‘I’m afraid he is still in a deeply critical condition, but he is still here, which means there is hope.’ 

MAY 

Kate said: ‘The journey for me and my family seems to be far from over as every day my heart sinks as I learn new and devastating ways this virus has more battles for Derek to fight. 

‘But he is still HERE & so there is still hope.’

That month, Kate and her family took part in the final clap for carers

She said: ‘I’ll never give up on that because Derek’s the love of my life but at the same time I have absolute uncertainty’

JUNE 

On June 5, Kate revealed Derek is now free from coronavirus but continues to fight against the damage inflicted on his body

JULY 

On July 5, Kate revealed Derek has woken from his coma but he remains in a serious yet critical condition.

On July 8, she announced she would be returning to GMB, after being urged by doctors to ‘get on with life’ during Derek’s recovery.   

She added that Derek had ‘opened his eyes’ after waking from his coma, but has been told his recovery could take years.  

On July 13, Kate returned to GMB for the first time since Derek was hospitalised.    

Asked whether there had been any explanation for why Derek had been so badly affected by the virus, Kate admitted doctors are still unsure.

She said: ‘There isn’t, he was a little bit overweight, I’m a bit of a feeder! Zero underlying conditions, he’s young comparatively, he’s 52, so there is no explanation. 

‘I think what’s happened is at every stage they’ve been learning. One of the wonderful things is that they’ve changed medical practices, they’ve changed pathways because of Derek. I keep telling him on the Facetime he would be very pleased about that.’

Now that Derek has been declared COVID-free, Kate admitted she fears for the long-term damage the virus may have done, and whether that will affect Derek in his recovery.

‘When he went into hospital, I got some texts saying ”oh I’m definitely not gonna die, tell the children I’m doing great,” but there was a feeling of terror because he had COVID and suddenly it escalated.  

‘And then suddenly it became everything, and each stage has been sort of a new terror and just when I thought we were moving forward suddenly it can now affect your body everywhere. 

‘There’s a huge post-viral syndrome, damage done in ways we didn’t know. I was sitting with Dr Hilary and he said it’s the lungs, it’s respiratory you’re fearing from COVID.’ 

Kate also reiterated that doctors had urged her to ‘get on with life’ while Derek continues to recover, insisting she had to be present for their two children Darcey, 14, and Billy, 10.

‘I have had moments, you know when you get abs gripped with fear and everything was going so well, but it’s happened to the world it’s happened to everybody, in this time you’ve seen people, I know people, you know people who have been watching this show who have been diagnosed with terrible illnesses,’ Kate added.

‘The doctors are saying to me now, ”You’ve got to get on, you’ve got to get on with life”. For Darcey and Billy effectively right now, they’ve lost their dad, they haven’t, he’s there.. he’s not a presence as he should be in their lives.’ 

Kate’s husband has been in hospital since March, and while Kate sparked hope earlier this month by revealing he has awoken from a coma, the star has been told his recovery could take years.     

She told Hello! ‘The doctors have been urging me not to put my life on pause. They’ve told me that I need to go back to work and create a routine in our lives again.

‘The children and Derek are all I’ve thought about and they’re the most important people in my life, but I must create structure and normality for the children, to clean the bath, put the plates in the dishwasher and tidy the house.

‘I also need to get back to work so that I can provide for the children and we can do things together, to make them feel that the light hasn’t gone out of their lives, that there’s hope for the future.’

During an appearance on GMB last month, Kate spoke about the start of Derek’s devastating illness, saying: ‘Derek had a painful shoulder for a couple months, and had been taking medication and having scans

‘He was due to have a steroid injection, he felt unwell and was home tutoring the kids. I got back and said ”you don’t you look right babe, I think it’s the painkillers.”

Emotional: Last week Kate revealed in a moving GMB interview that Derek had 'almost died six times,' during his battle with coronavirus

 Emotional: Last week Kate revealed in a moving GMB interview that Derek had ‘almost died six times,’ during his battle with coronavirus

‘I just had this weird feeling, asked if he had a cough. He didn’t, he said ‘I think I’ve got weird sinusitis.” I rang the doctor, I said ‘you don’t look great, no real feeling that it’s COVID, he had none of those symptoms.’

‘Around the 29/30 March, I came home came in and said ‘god you look ill. He said he had a headache, numbness in his right hand, and was struggling to breathe, 

‘I rang Dr Hilary (Jones) and tried to get through, he talked to Derek. He said put me back on, I think you need to call an ambulance. I said ‘I can’t believe I’m calling an ambulance’, I was very scared.’ 

Derek has previously credited Kate for saving him from depression which started during his career as a political advisor and led to a nervous breakdown and a stint in The Priory in the late 1990s.  

Long road: The mother-of-two said that while Derek has been declared COVID-free, she fears for the long-term damage the virus may have done (pictured together in December 2019)

Long road: The mother-of-two said that while Derek has been declared COVID-free, she fears for the long-term damage the virus may have done (pictured together in December 2019)

After moving to Los Angeles for three years and retraining as a therapist, his friend GMTV’s political correspondent, Gloria De Piero, offered to set him up with her friend and colleague Kate. 

Kate and Derek have been married since 2005, with the former lobbyist cheering his wife on for the duration of her stint on I’m A Celebrity last year.

Following her stint on I’m A Celebrity, the couple were planning to renew their vows in the coming months after Kate revealed Derek had proposed for a second time. 

Derek is best-known for his career as a former lobbyist who suffered a fall from grace when he was embroiled in two scandals. He was a former adviser to Tony Blair’s government and known for his party lifestyle.

During his time as a political adviser he was embroiled in two political scandals – 1998’s Lobbygate and in 2009 a scandal surrounding LabourList, the website he edited. 

Happy: Kate and Derek have been married since 2005, with the former lobbyist cheering his wife on during her stint on I'm A Celebrity last year (pictured in December 2019)

Happy: Kate and Derek have been married since 2005, with the former lobbyist cheering his wife on during her stint on I’m A Celebrity last year (pictured in December 2019) 

In 1998 he was caught in a sting by an undercover Observer reporter, bragging about his access to government ministers. 

The Lobbygate scandal led to his Daily Express column being axed, the loss of his lobbying job and his firing from his role as editor of New Labour Magazine Progress.

He previously told The Scotsman: ‘Everyone assumes I got depressed because of the scandal. Actually, I had been depressed for two years, from around 1996. 

‘I thought I had a physical virus. I’d always been quite arrogant and cocky, but I think I put all my unhappiness into my obsession with the Labour Party.

‘The really spectacular breakdown came two years into my depression with the lobbying thing. That was the killer.’

Touching: Derek has credited Kate for saving him from depression which started during his career as a political advisor and led to a nervous breakdown (pictured in 2006)

Touching: Derek has credited Kate for saving him from depression which started during his career as a political advisor and led to a nervous breakdown (pictured in 2006)

Derek Draper: How meeting Kate rescued the hard-living former lobbyist from his battles with depression 

Derek has previously credited Kate for saving him from depression which started during his career as a political adviser and led to a nervous breakdown and a stint in The Priory in the late 1990s. 

After moving to Los Angeles for three years and retraining as a therapist, his friend GMTV’s political correspondent, Gloria De Piero, offered to set him up with her friend and colleague Kate.    

Derek said: ‘I haven’t been depressed for years, since just before I met Kate, who has changed me for the better anyway.

‘I eventually realised I had been masking the depression for years with overwork, drinking or womanising… the drink, drugs and promiscuity, were all toys and inside, unbeknownst to me, the little child part of me was in the driving seat.’  

Soulmates: Derek has previously credited Kate for saving him from depression which started during his career as a political adviser and led to a nervous breakdown and a stint in The Priory in the late 1990s (pictured 2006)

Soulmates: Derek has previously credited Kate for saving him from depression which started during his career as a political adviser and led to a nervous breakdown and a stint in The Priory in the late 1990s (pictured 2006)

Kate and Derek have been married for 14 years, with the former lobbyist cheering his wife on for the duration of her stint on I’m A Celebrity last year, he flew out to Australia with their two children to meet her. 

The couple, who wed in September 2005, have previously discussed their union, with Derek admitting that he feared she was ‘a high-maintenance TV bimbo’. 

Following her stint on I’m A Celebrity, the couple were planning to renew their vows in the coming months after Kate revealed Derek had proposed for a second time.   

Speaking to Mail on Sunday’s You magazine, Kate explained that the proposal idea had come about after she had removed her engagement ring while competing in the jungle.

However, the big moment – which happened off-camera – didn’t quite go to plan as Derek became too overwhelmed with emotion.  

She said: ‘You’re told you can’t take any jewellery into the jungle. I didn’t want to take my wedding ring off, as I never have since we got married. But I did take my engagement ring off.

‘When Derek came to meet me after I left the jungle, he was planning to propose to me again [with the ring, in front of the TV cameras], but he got overwhelmed and burst into tears.’

Discussing the heartwarming moment further, she continued: ‘The kids leapt out and surprised me and Darcey said, ‘Oh Dad – you didn’t do it!’ So he got down on one knee and proposed… and I said yes, obviously.’ 

Derek is best-known for his career as a former lobbyist, who suffered a fall from grace when he was embroiled in the 1998 Lobbygate scandal. 

Lancashire-born Derek was a former advisor to Tony Blair’s government and known for his party lifestyle before he met Kate.

During his time as a political adviser he was embroiled in two political scandals – 1998’s Lobbygate and in 2009 a scandal surrounding LabourList, the website he edited. 

In 1998 he was caught in a sting by an undercover Observer reporter, bragging about his access to government ministers.

The Lobbygate scandal led to his Daily Express column being axed, the loss of his lobbying job and his firing from his role as editor of New Labour Magazine Progress.

He previously told The Scotsman: ‘Everyone assumes I got depressed because of the scandal. 

‘Actually, I had been depressed for two years, from around 1996. I thought I had a physical virus. I’d always been quite arrogant and cocky, but I think I put all my unhappiness into my obsession with the Labour Party.

‘The really spectacular breakdown came two years into my depression with the lobbying thing. That was the killer.’

Depression he had been battling for two years turned into a nervous breakdown, with Derek spending a month in the Priory and undergoing therapy.  

He went on to write two books – Blair’s 100 Days and Life Support – before moving to LA for three years and retraining as a psychotherapist.

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