Kate Garraway says husband Derek Draper being home is 'overwhelming responsibility'

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Kate Garraway and Derek Draper (Jon Furniss/WireImage)
Kate Garraway and Derek Draper (Jon Furniss/WireImage)

Kate Garraway has said it is an "overwhelming responsibility" having her husband Derek Draper living back home again. 

The presenter's spouse returned to the family home last week after a year spent in hospital after he became seriously ill due to COVID-19. 

To aid in his recovery, Draper – whose physical and cognitive abilities have been impacted – is now living with Garraway, 53, and their two children Darcey, 15, and Billy, 11. 

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Speaking on Monday's Good Morning Britain, Garraway said: "Derek came home on Wednesday evening and yes, we sort of feel over-the-moon and overwhelmed in equal measure. It is quite an overwhelming responsibility."

She added that despite it being overwhelming, it's also "wonderful" to be reunited. 

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The mother-of-two continued: "It was a medical reason for coming home, as well as obviously our desire and I’m sure his desire too, to try and encourage a more normal environment to stimulate his recovery, cognition and consciousness better."

On how their children were coping, she said: "They've been absolutely loving it and being really helpful. It's been great actually."

The family are being supported by care professionals and an alarm system has been implemented for Draper to call for help when needed, Garraway said. 

Kate Garraway alongside her husband Derek Draper and two children Darcey and Billy in 2019. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
Kate Garraway alongside her husband Derek Draper and two children Darcey and Billy in 2019. (Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)

Last week the TV host said her spouse had burst into tears upon arriving back at home. 

She also addressed where he was at in his recovery and how they were hoping to move forward as she said: “He’s definitely sort of plateaued at this level. 

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"Obviously we’re very grateful for this level but want to see if we can move forward, if we can get him speaking more, able to move more and see what we can draw out. 

"It’s going to be very slow and a bit of wait and see.”

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