Kate Garraways husband Derek still very damaged after Covid recovery

Good Morning Britain host Kate Garraway has shared a heartbreaking update on the ongoing health issues of her husband, Derek Draper.

According to Kate, 55, Draper is still suffering "damage" from being struck down by Covid, despite having recovered from the virus.

Draper, a former political lobbyist, tested positive for Covid in March 2020 and was placed in an induced coma to help fight off the virus.

Although he eventually emerged from the coma and was declared Covid-free, he has since battled one of the most severe cases of long Covid in the country.

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His body has been wrecked from the effects of the infectious disease.

After spending many months in the hospital, Draper was released in 2021 and returned to the home he shares with Garraway and their two children, Darcey and Billie.

However, he still requires round-the-clock care due to his ongoing health issues.

Garraway revealed that her husband has returned to the hospital several times since his release, due to various health issues.

In a recent interview with Giovanna Fletcher on her Walt Disney Travel Company podcast Journey To The Magic, Garraway shared an update on her husband's ongoing recovery.

She stated, "It is challenging, he's still very, very damaged. He still can't really move, still can't really speak, still fed through tubes, and so there's a long road ahead."

Despite the difficulties, Garraway said that the family is "OK, they're good."

Garraway also discussed her experience caring for her husband during his health battle, which she has documented in two award-winning documentaries: ITV1's Finding Derek and the follow-up Caring For Derek.

In the interview, Garraway explained that she started filming her husband in the hospital to track his progress.

“It was so emotional seeing him with all the tubes and everything that goes with it and in such a sick state.

“But I couldn’t really take it in and then afterwards the doctors would say, ‘did you see any difference from last time?’ And I was thinking ‘gosh, I don’t really know that I took it in’ – I was just overwhelmed with the emotion.”

She also reflected on the slow pace of his recovery, saying: "It's just, you just want it to be quicker and faster, of course, like everybody would. But it's a challenging one – he spent most of last year in the hospital as well for various different things, so it was lovely to have him home."

Kate’s episode on Journey To The Magic will be available form Wednesday March 15 on all streaming platforms, and will also be available to watch on the Disney UK YouTube channel.

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