Kate Garraway says worrying hospital setback sparked Derek’s return home

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Kate Garraway has revealed that a worrying change in her husband Derek Draper's health sparked his return home from hospital.

The 53-year-old presenter appeared on Friday's edition of Good Morning Britain to share the news that her spouse has returned to the family home after being in hospital for over a year.

Former Labour lobbyist Derek was admitted to the intensive care unit with coronavirus in March of last year, with the disease severely damaging several internal organs.

He returned back home on Wednesday and Kate told her co-stars Ben Shephard and Ranvir Singh all about her exciting news.

Kate said: "There have been improvements in autumn, he’s using more words, and there are more things that he can do now. He’s got some more movement in his hands, he can show emotion.

"But it felt as though everything had stalled medically and if anything was going slightly back.

"Obviously within the very necessary Covid restrictions that are in place, I couldn’t visit, family couldn’t visit, even some of the therapeutic things we would want to do to help him move forward couldn’t happen, so taking all that into account, they said, ‘Right let’s give this a go, let’s get him home safely.’

"So it does feel a little bit like the hospital has come home with me at the moment, as we’ve got all sorts of professional people making sure everything is safe and then see how being in the family environment could help."

Speaking about how their children reacted, Kate said: "As we pulled up, I was able to come home with him, I could see two little faces of Darcey and Billy looking out of the window and I could literally see them go, 'He’s here!'

"They ran out and opened the door. He immediately burst into tears, there was a lot of hugging and got him inside. He absolutely knew he was home.

"He is responding all the time. What he’s not able to do is talk and say, like you might imagine Derek might say on coming home, 'Why the hell is the place such a mess?’.

"It’s not like that. But he’s absolutely responding and aware where he is."

Viewers rushed to their keyboards to praise Kate following the exciting news that Derek has returned home.

Taking to Twitter, one fan penned: "What an amazing human Kate is. A prime example of someone who has been through the worse of Covid through Derek and has come out stronger with light hope and happiness at the end of the tunnel. Keep going Kate don't give up."

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Another added: "Kate Garraway is superwoman! Unbelievable what the family have been through. She is literally oozing happiness this morning."

A third person gushed: "I’m so happy for Kate Garraway finally getting Derek home. It’s such brilliant news."

While a fourth social media user said: "Just burst into tears when I heard the news. So so happy for Kate Garraway and all the family. What amazing news."

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