Kate Garraway has kept fans updated on her husband Derek Draper’s condition amid his ongoing Covid battle – showing that he “understands everything” and has “many more tests” as a result of his awareness.
Derek has been coping with the coronavirus for nearly 18 months, having previously been in a coma while in intensive care, suffering serious complications such as brain inflammation and lung and heart damage.
On Wednesday, Good Morning Britain, Kate, 54, updated viewers. The host said, “His eyes lit up. We are now very clear that he really understands everything, and understands everything I tell him about.
Good news: Kate Garraway has kept fans updated on husband Derek Draper’s condition amid his ongoing Covid battle – revealing he ‘understands everything’ and has ‘many more tests’ as a result of his awareness
“He can’t respond and communicate quietly, and Derek has tested many more things. We went to the hospital a few weeks ago, (which was) the first time he saw medics outside the home.
‘(They) asked him to hold his breath and exhale, he asked absolutely everything they asked of him. Also just reactions to things and reactions to the children, his reactions are appropriate.
“It really does feel like he’s reacting!”
Speaking of her ‘double life’ as the wife of a Covid patient and a news reporter, Kate continued: ‘I think it reflects on that double life of living with it and reporting on it.
“I think it was great to come in here and have the support from all of you. I think it’s been very helpful when talking to political (figures) and talking to people who have been affected in all sorts of ways.
‘Not necessarily an asset I would have liked…’
Kate plans to continue her NTA-winning documentary about her husband’s fight against Covid.
She triumphed in the Authored Documentary category at Thursday night’s NTAs for her ITV doc Kate Garraway: Finding Derek, who talked about her significant other’s struggle with coronavirus, from which he is still recovering after initially being hospitalized in March 2020. included.
And Kate – who has children Darcey, 15, and William, 12, with Derek, 54 – has since revealed she hopes to make a sequel to the show.
She told The Sun: “We are going to make another documentary, there are plans for more. Derek’s low on energy, but we’re trying. He has been home for four months now and it was enough for him to be home. Now we really hope that more and more people come to see him.’
Kate admitted that she was initially unsure about attending the NTAs, but was elated that she did, as so many people thanked her for making the documentary.
She said: Kate was happy to go to the spectacle, having previously admitted she wasn’t sure whether or not she would go.
She said: “It was absolutely right to go in front of all the people who came up to me and said, ‘Thank you, the documentary really helped me.’
“They told me their stories of people who had lost them or who were still damaged and suffering. It was really fantastic.’
In her acceptance speech, Kate said it was ‘brave’ for ITV to commission the program as no one knew what to expect.
She said, ‘Thank you very much. It was a very brave decision by ITV, I think, to have this done. They didn’t really know what they were making.
They didn’t know whether it was a story of mourning or of triumph.
Lucy [Wilcox, the director and cinematographer] arrived at our house not knowing if she saw a family in mourning or relief, and in the end it was something between the two.
“Thank you so much for voting. I wonder if the reason you did that is because our story is your story? I think we’ve all been touched by the pandemic, whether it’s livelihood or mental health.
“I just want to say to all the Darceys and Billys and Dereks, whatever you’re going through, however it hurts you, you haven’t forgotten.”