Kate Garraway’s husband Derek now joins family for dinner – from Covid ward bed

Kate Garraway ’s husband Derek Draper is using technology to join his family for dinner every night – from the comfort of his hospital bed.

Derek has been unable to spend time with his loved ones since March last year after being hospitalised with coronavirus.

And new lockdown restrictions in November have meant the family have not been able to see each other in person in 2021, forcing them to find new methods to stay in touch.

However, to bring the family together, Kate now sets up an iPad for Derek at the table so that he can talk to his wife and two children, Billy, 11, and Darcey, 15, the Mirror reports.

Kate, 53, said: “I’ll prop the iPad up on the kitchen table and the three of us will have our tea and have Dad there. I feel that the sounds of home, even if it’s not directly talking at him, must be very comforting.”

The iPad has been Derek’s lifeline to the outside world since being hospitalised in March last year due to the coronavirus. It allows him to see his wife and children – as well as his parents and sisters.

In the ITV documentary Finding Derek, viewers will see how the tablet allows him to remain part of the family’s daily life, such as family games or conversations about school.

He can be seen watching his children rehearse dance moves and looking on as Billy completes a giant Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon.

It is hoped Derek will be able to visit his home later this year.

Kate said: “At the moment, he needs intensive 24-hour care.

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"There’s a lot of clinical argument for it being good for him to be at home, because it’s a normal environment and will be better to stimulate him to regain more consciousness.

“But then there’s also clinical challenges to that, too. So I’ve learned to take things a day at a time. I’m hoping as Covid restrictions begin to lift, we can explore options of visits home."

She has already begun preparations for his return to on their North London home, fitting a hospital bed into the lounge, converting the ground floor bathroom and creating wheelchair access.

Kate said: “I really want to care for him at home, but of course I can’t give him that 24 hours a day on my own. It would mean I would never sleep.

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“Our goal is to get him home, but I am going to need a lot of specialist support. Derek will need professional expertise because we don’t want him to regress, we want him to progress and that demands specific skills.

"So it’s a question of looking at the best way forward. Back last June, they said it could take up to two years for us to know his true future.

“The more that he has done for him now, the more therapy to help him improve, the better his chances of having a life really, and the less support he will need long-term.

“So that’s my goal once I can get in to see him – to try to work out the best way to help him to the next stage.

“I know that life will have an impact on the dynamic of our relationship. But it is something I do willingly.”

Kate Garraway: Finding Derek is on ITV tonight at 9pm

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