GMB's Kate Garraway says husband Derek Draper has been hit with more COVID-related issues

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Good Morning Britain's Kate Garraway has offered an update on her husband Derek Draper's ongoing COVID-19 battle.

The television presenter's partner was admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 back in early 2020, before being discharged in March of this year.

His recovery is very much still ongoing, however, and Garraway – who not long ago fronted a documentary special about Derek's illness – explained on today's instalment of GMB (August 2) that Derek has developed "more issues" in recent months.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

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Her comments were inspired by Dr Amir Khan's appearance on the show, as he addressed the fact many people across the globe are suffering with long COVID.

"Symptoms can include extreme fatigue, brain fog, problems with vision, problems with pain, difficulty breathing, palpitations, chest pain – all sorts of things," he said, to which Garraway interjected: "That's only the ones we know as well. That's the thing, more and more are emerging as different parts of the body are damaged.

"I know Derek is an extreme example but, all the time there are more issues. Initially, it was a bit of exhaustion and now it seems to be more of them presenting."

"That's absolutely right. The symptoms can be mild in some and very, very severe in others," Khan replied.

Photo credit: James Gourley/ITV/Shutterstock
Photo credit: James Gourley/ITV/Shutterstock

Related: GMB's Kate Garraway says husband Derek Draper's communication still "minimal" as COVID-19 recovery continues

Draper is believed to be one of the longest-affected coronavirus patients in the whole of the UK. Back in March, Garraway opened up about how "wonderful" it is having him back with the family after such a long time apart and added that having him in familiar surroundings is "genuinely helping his cognition".

She recalled: "He actually said something the other day. I walked in to say, 'I'm off to Smooth [Radio] now', and he said, 'New dress?'

"I thought that was so amazing on so many levels, because he recognised it. Second, he realised and remembered that I need a lot of flattery, so there was some emotional connection there and some basis of what our relationship has always been based on."

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV, and is available to catch up via ITV Hub. Kate Garraway's book The Power of Hope, reflecting on the family's journey, is available to order now.

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