Kate Garraway reveals husband Derek Draper had a rare encephalitis caused by the coronavirus that doctors had never seen before
- Derek Draper, 53, spent more than a year in intensive care fighting the coronavirus
- Kate Garraway has revealed details in her new memoir The Power Of Hope
- His doctors were concerned about parts of Derek’s brain scans, she said
- It looked like ‘fluffy white clouds floating in the top part of his head,’ she added
- The areas indicated inflammation of the brain and were seen as early as April
Derek Draper had a rare encephalitis caused by the coronavirus that doctors had never seen before, his wife Kate Garraway has revealed.
Lobbyist Derek, 53, spent more than a year in intensive care – with doctors claiming he was the most seriously ill patient to have survived the virus.
Now his Good Morning Britain star wife Kate has revealed details of his Covid battle in her new memoir The Power Of Hope.
Doctors were concerned about parts of Derek’s brain scans that looked like “fluffy white clouds floating at the top of his head,” she wrote.
The areas indicated inflammation of the brain and were seen as early as April, when Derek was first put on ECMO – a machine that supplies the blood with oxygen.
Derek Draper had rare encephalitis caused by coronavirus that doctors had never seen before, wife Kate Garraway (pictured) has revealed
Lobbyist Derek, 53, (pictured), spent more than a year in intensive care – with doctors claiming he was the most critically ill patient to have survived the virus
Doctors told Kate that this meant the ‘clouds’ weren’t blood clots or brain bleeds caused by the machine, Subway reports.
An excerpt reads: “ This, they told me, was a unique historical event, a one-time outbreak of inflammation, and the fact that it was in some form on the earlier CT scans from April in early when Derek first came on. ECMO was. ‘
At the time, doctors had never seen encephalitis caused by Covid.
But they said it was a good thing that the infection had not spread to the spinal cord or brain stem, as this could have affected his movement.
Because the brain takes a long time to recover, doctors warned her, “We can’t rule out some sort of recovery, but we can’t rule out the possibility that it will never recover.”
Another snippet earlier this week reveals the heartbreaking text messages Derek sent her before he was put into an induced coma.
Kate and Derek pictured in December 2019. Kate’s book, The Power Of Hope, features samples of her husband’s lyrics from the hospital, revealed in tomorrow’s Mail on Sunday
In her new memoir, she talks about Derek’s ordeal in crude detail, paying tribute to “ the brilliant team of doctors and specialists ” who cared for him and how what they learned helped the treatment of others.
She describes how the toughest experience of her life began last March when Derek, then 52, was taken to hospital with very low oxygen levels.
When he was being lifted into an ambulance, Kate said he said to her, “This is not the last time you will see me. It is not. But she admits “he never would have said that if at least a small part of him hadn’t wondered if he was.”
After more than 373 days in the hospital, Derek (pictured in hospital) was released earlier this month. He has not regained his speech and remains seriously ill
During the next few days’ rollercoaster, Kate was genuinely afraid that her husband, now a psychotherapist, would die from a political lobbyist.
In one phone call, he said to her, “I want you at the funeral.”
Kate’s book, The Power Of Hope, contains examples of her husband’s lyrics from the hospital.
She writes: ‘His messages grew increasingly desperate. They were heartbreaking to read. ‘
After more than 373 days in the hospital, Derek was allowed to go home earlier this month.
He has not regained his speech and remains seriously ill. Doctors say he was the most seriously ill patient to survive the virus.
Garraway pictured with Derek, their daughter Darcey, 15, and son Billy, 11. Earlier this month, Kate told viewers on Good Morning Britain: ‘It was great having Derek at home’