‘He said it was worth it to hold the kids’ hands’: Kate Garraway says husband Derek Draper is ‘phenomenally fatigued’ after family pantomime trip
Kate Garraway has admitted her husband Derek Draper is ‘very fatigued and weak’ after enjoying a day out to see a pantomime with his family.
The GMB star and her husband were pictured going to a pantomime in December with their two children, Darcey, 15, and William, 12 – Derek’s first outing since he contracted Covid in 2020.
Appearing via videolink on Tuesday’s GMB, Kate said Derek thought the trip was ‘worth it’ to be able to do something ‘normal’ with his family.
‘Weak’: Kate Garraway has admitted her husband Derek Draper is ‘very fatigued and weak’ after enjoying a day out to see a pantomime with his family
When asked about her husband, Kate admitted to her GMB colleagues: ‘He’s doing alright. He’s phenomenally fatigued, very fatigued and very weak.’
‘After the pantomime he wasn’t out of bed but I think he thought it was worth it. It was a special thing to be sat there with the children, holding their hands, doing something normal. But it took everything out of him.’
‘We don’t know what the year is going to bring. He was smiling, present. Speech isn’t there but you can see [in a photo from the pantomime trip] that he’s aware something special is happening and he’s part of it. That morning I said to him”you’re very tired, do you want to do this?” and he said “yes! Yes!”‘
Kate added that the family are currently making a second documentary portraying the aftermath of Derek returning home from hospital last year ‘and how it affects us as a family as well as navigating the system.’
Festive season: The GMB star and her husband were pictured going to a pantomime in December with their two children, Darcey, 15, and William, 12 – Derek’s outing since he contracted Covid in 2020
The documentary follows the success of the award-winning ITV film Finding Derek, which Kate made in 2021 during her husband’s year in hospital.
Kate also used her appearance on GMB to talk about her MBE, which she received in the New Year’s Honours.
The TV star admitted she had received some backlash over the honour. ‘I feel very awkward about it all, thrilled to bits and incredibly honoured. But you think, me? And then you think it’s not real,’ she explained.
Family first: Appearing via videolink on Tuesday’s GMB, Kate said Derek thought the trip was ‘worth it’ to be able to do something ‘normal’ with his family
She added that ‘there’s been a few comments since saying – why has she got this, I look after my loved one. And you sort of feel like, I haven’t got it for looking after Derek.’
‘It’s for broadcasting and charity work. There’s lots of people you think deserve it more, it’s a strange feeling.’
Derek was rushed to hospital in March 2020 after contracting coronavirus, spending more than a year in medical care before returning home to be looked after by Kate and their children Darcey, 15, and William, 12.
Sad: Derek was hospitalised because the virus wreaked havoc throughout his entire body, resulting in kidney failure, liver and pancreatic damage