Kate was devastated when her husband contracted the coronavirus in March, as things got worse shortly after.
Derek – with whom Kate shares two children – fought for his life on an intensive care ventilator.
And now, Emily has given her expert opinion on Derek’s ‘breakthrough’ moment, explaining how the ability to speak is ‘very complex’ and uses multiple parts of the brain.
In his OK! mag column, Emily wrote, “It sounds strange to say, but the ability to speak is very complex, using different parts of the brain to process it.
“It sounds like such a small step, but it’s huge and now he can start telling them how he feels.
“It looks like he still has a long way to go in his recovery and I really hope he continues to improve. “
While Derek remains in the hospital, Kate recently shared a “miracle moment” as her husband spoke for the first time in 214 days.
The GMB star shared his joy with co-stars Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid earlier this month.
She said: “In April when we first chatted and I said, listen, he seems to have survived until now… that could be it. [miracle]. «
Kate opened up about the miracle moment she first saw Derek speak when she felt equally devastated her husband revealed he was in pain.
She says: ” [The hospital staff] Keep talking to her and they would say “Ok, let’s just move your arm or your leg” and each time they would say “Let us know if you have any pain”.
“He said ‘pain’… everyone stopped and looked. “
She added: “It’s heartbreaking because he feels pain, but what it means is that he was able to feel a sensation in his body and connect it with his brain and then the pain. pain in the mouth, ”she said.
“I believe he’s in there,” Kate said. “It’s a long way from who Derek is… but it’s a start.” ”
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