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Kate Garraway says husband Derek Draper fell out of wheelchair in cab home from hospital

The TV presenter said the taxi driver helped her to get her husband back into the wheelchair and safely home

Derek Draper fell out of his wheelchair in a cab. (ITV)
Derek Draper fell out of his wheelchair in a cab. (ITV)

Good Morning Britain star Kate Garraway has told how her husband Derek Draper fell out of his wheelchair in a taxi as they travelled home from the hospital.

Draper spent more than a year in hospital after falling ill with the coronavirus in 2020 and was admitted again last year with sepsis, and now needs round the clock care.

TV star Garraway opened up about the taxi incident on the ITV show during a discussion about ambulance waiting times and whether the NHS could send taxis out on calls to relieve some of the pressure on the health service.

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The broadcaster was talking about how ambulances can be delayed but said if you tried to book an official car "you can sometimes be waiting five hours for them to bring you home from hospital".

<p>Good Morning Britain host Ben Shephard teases his co-host Kate Garraway for her bold dress and collar on the show.</p>
Kate Garraway opened up about the incident on Good Morning Britain. (ITV)

Explaining what happened with Draper, she said: "He was in a lot of pain, it wasn't sustainable.

"So we took a cab home from the hospital and we went over a speed bump and he slipped out of the wheelchair."

"Something you never envisaged happening?" said her co-presenter Ben Shephard.

Garraway, 55, went on: "Well it's hard isn't it?

"It's hard to deal with."

Kate Garraway said the taxi driver helped her to get Draper back into his chair. (PA)
Kate Garraway said the taxi driver helped her to get Draper back into his chair. (PA)

"You want someone with you to manage that," she went on.

"And I was really lucky because the cab driver, black cab driver, that had a mobility access, his father he had cared for post a stroke.

"So he was really good at handling someone with that condition.

"So the two of us were hauling him back into the wheelchair, strapping him in and got him home."

Derek Drapers spent more than a year in hospital after getting the coronavirus. (PA Images/Alamy)
Derek Drapers spent more than a year in hospital after getting the coronavirus. (PA Images/Alamy) (PA Images/Alamy)

 

Draper first fell ill in March 2020.

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He returned home to Garraway and their two children - Darcey and 13-year-old son Billy - in April 2021.

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