Although he no longer has the disease, the damage it has caused has been extensive and doctors do not know when – or even if – he will be able to make a full recovery.
Speaking about how she tried to keep the fort at home for their two children – Billy, 14 and 11, Darcey – Kate told You magazine: “We hope and believe he will come out of this, but we I do not know. The heart of the family has been ripped out and we don’t know if we’ll ever get it back. ”
She continued, “At first it was all about Derek’s lungs, but then his kidneys started to fail and he was on dialysis. Now they have realized that Covid can affect any cell in the body: more recently Derek had issues with his intestines.
“Food intake and vomiting are problems and they’re trying to determine if it’s because her cells aren’t making the enzymes to digest. His liver, heart and blood vessels were affected. ”
Kate, who has now returned to work at Good Morning Britain, said she had been ‘consumed with fear’ throughout Derek’s illness but needed to pull herself together for the children.
“Children don’t choose when they’re going to be upset; you say, “It’s 9 o’clock, I’m going to bed, I have to get up at 2 in the morning for work”, and that’s when they want to talk about daddy, so, well sure, just say, ‘OK, let’s talk about it,’ ”she stressed.
Cruelly, the couple were due to renew their vows on their anniversary this Thursday, after Derek re-proposed when Kate stepped out of the I’m A Celebrity jungle last December.
Instead, she’ll juggle her professional commitments with getting the kids back to school, phone calls with Derek’s hospital team, and endless legal issues when dealing with a sick spouse.
“I felt that I saw everything in a new light [after the jungle]», Kate continues.
“I always knew that family, friends and love were the most important thing, but after the jungle that brought it to the fore even more. Darcey was very excited: she was planning a second wedding – God knows what she would have got to me But now that won’t happen and our anniversary will be very strange. ”
And although Derek is now out of his deep coma, he is still very unconscious and the kids haven’t been able to see him in person for almost six months, although Kate can visit him in the hospital. .
When she first saw him on a video call, she was shocked by his appearance.
“When I finally got to FaceTime him, seeing him unconscious was a big shock.
“He lost almost eight stones in weight, including a lot of muscle throughout his body. He looked worn out, thin and pale with dark circles under his eyes and there were lots of tubes. ”
But, she added, neither she nor the doctors have abandoned Derek yet.
“What you have to keep thinking is that there have been so many times the doctors thought we had lost Derek or were going to do it, and he’s still here. There is still hope.