Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper “in appalling condition” amid fears “inflammation has passed through the brain”

Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper “in appalling condition” amid fears “inflammation has passed through the brain”

Kate Garraway says her husband Derek Draper is in “terrible condition” after suffering the devastating effects of the coronavirus – but he can now say the words “I love you”.

The TV presenter said COVID had touched his 54-year-old partner “from top of head to toe” and he is still unable to fully communicate.

Draper, former political adviser, fell seriously ill after contracting the virus in March 2020.

Derek Draper pictured with Kate Garraway in December 2019. Photo: James Gourley / ITV / Shutterstock

He returned home in April after more than a year in hospital, where he spent several months in a coma, but continues to need 24-hour care.

According to the Mirror, Garraway recounts an episode of Piers Morgan’s Life Stories airing tonight that the coronavirus has “devastated” her husband.

“From the top of her head to the end of her toes,” she said.

“His digestive system, his liver, his kidneys, his heart, his nervous system. We’re pretty sure the inflammation has passed through the brain.

“He still can’t communicate, he still has mobility problems.

“Basically he’s in terrible shape. Look, he’s alive. “

Draper and Garraway have two children together

Garraway revealed that Draper’s caregivers broke down in tears after saying the words “hello” and “thank you” during a phone conversation with Morgan ahead of his interview.

“It’s times like that that make you realize he’s in there,” she said.

“And we’ve had more – he’ll turn to me and say, ‘I love you. “

“He fought so hard to stay in this world and I will never give up on him. It will have moments of clarity and it is as if it disappears again. “

Garraway, who has two children with Draper, said her family’s ordeal made her feel like she had walked through a fiery furnace or fallen into a rabbit hole.

“The world has turned dark and is still looking for the light at the end of the tunnel, really,” she added.

Garraway shared the story of Draper’s battle with the coronavirus in the documentary Finding Derek, which won a National Television Award.

Piers Morgan’s Final Life Stories air tonight at 8 p.m. on ITV.


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