Kate Garraway says Derek's recovery is 'painfully slow'
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Kate Garraway, 54, has revealed in a new interview that she “didn’t think it was possible” that she could love her husband Derek Draper, 54, any more than she already did. Derek was hospitalised with Covid-19 in March 2020 and still suffers with serious repercussions.
I didn’t think it was possible, but I really do.
The Good Morning Britain presenter has been very open documenting her family’s struggle with Covid 19.
On March 23 she released a 60 minute documentary on ITV titled Kate Garraway: Finding Derek, a film about her husband’s subsequent Covid health struggle.
The documentary was met with huge success, winning the Best Authored Documentary award at the NTAs.
In a recent interview with Stella, The Telegraph’s weekend magazine, Kate spoke about her love for her husband and his strength.
She said: “I feel like I understand so much more about Derek.
“Love him more?
Kate added: “Oh God. I didn’t think it was possible, but I really do.”
There is a lot Kate misses about her husband, but she is more than thankful that he is still around.
She said she misses: “The way he would sing so loudly in the mornings – and was generally just so loud!
“It would drive me mad. And now I would give everything I own to hear him being really loud and shouty and full of opinions, ruffling feathers in the way that he used to.”
Kate has said she now has her happy ending, as she has Derek at home with her.
Derek was hospitalised with Covid in March 2020 and remained in hospital for over a year.
In April, former lobbyist Derek was able to return home after his prolonged hospital stay.
He experienced damage to areas of his body including his kidneys, liver and pancreas after contracting coronavirus.
Derek is known as one of the worst affected patients of Covid to survive, suffering holes in his heart after his heart stopped multiple times as well as pneumonia and infections which left holes in his lungs.
When speaking in her acceptance speech at the NTAs Kate said that it was a “hugely brave decision” for ITV to commission the documentary as “they didn’t know what they were making.”
She added: “Lucy arrived not knowing if she was seeing a family in grief or relief, in the end it ended up being something between the two.”
“Thank you so much for voting.
“I’m wondering if that was because our story is also your story.”
Kate spoke to The Sun at the NTAs about the idea of there being another documentary.
She said: “We are going to make another documentary – there are plans for more.
“Derek has a very short window of energy, but we are trying. He has been home for four months now and it was enough for him being home.”
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