Kate Garraway shares update on Derek Draper as kids have effectively ‘lost their dad’

TV presenter Kate Garraway has been told doctors ‘don't know how much better’ her husband Derek Draper can get and ‘he sort of can't wake-up’.

Wednesday, 8th July 2020, 10:27 am
Updated Wednesday, 8th July 2020, 10:28 am
Kate Garraway and her husband Derek Draper, she says doctors "don't know how much better" her husband can get - Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The Good Morning Britain presenter, aged 53, returned to the ITV studio today in an emotional appearance 100 days since her husband Derek Draper, 52, was hospitalised with coronavirus.

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She said she has been told six times that her husband and the father of her two children was not ‘going to make it’.

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The TV host told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid that ‘it's a very desperate situation’ and that doctors are no longer keeping Mr Draper in a coma but ‘he sort of can't wake-up’.

The presenter said: ‘It's a strange word 'coma'. He was induced into the coma as a way of resting the lungs.

“Of course, now they're no longer keeping him in the coma and he sort of can't wake-up.

“Wonderfully his eyes are opening but we have no real knowledge of what he can see and feel and hear.”

Kate said the fact her husband is still alive offers ‘fantastic hope’, adding: “The doctors keep saying it is a miracle that he's still alive.”

But they also told her that ‘he's as sick as anyone’ they have ‘ever seen in 35 years of medicine, never mind Covid, and some of those people that were as sick as him aren't here’.

She said: “Six times they've said he's not going to make it, so he has been very, very sick. The problem is it's a new disease that nobody knows.”

She added: “It's great that there are some flickers of hope. His lungs are starting to recover a little bit, his kidneys are doing better his liver is doing better but they don't know how much better it can get.

“They don't know how much better he can get and there's just nothing to compare it with.”

She said the couple's children have ‘effectively... lost their dad’.

She said: “They haven't, he's there” but she added: “He's not a presence as he should be in their lives.

“We hope and believe he can come back to us.”