Kate Garraway says husband Derek Draper is back home but that 'fight goes on'

Appearing on a new episode of Love Your Garden, Kate Garraway was shown sharing her new garden area with husband Derek Draper who remains wheelchair bound after his well-publicised battle with COVID-19.
Kate Garraway's husband Derek Draper is home from hospital. (ITV)

Kate Garraway has said her husband Derek Draper is back home following another stay in hospital after his COVID fight, and that the "fight goes on".

The Good Morning Britain presenter’s husband spent more than a year in hospital after falling ill with the coronavirus in 2020, and earlier this year he was admitted again with sepsis.

Opening up on ITV's Lorraine, Garraway said it was "very tough" on Draper but that it was also hard for those around him.

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And she admitted she feared people would get "fed up".

Kate Garraway arrives for the Pride of Britain Awards held at the The Grosvenor House Hotel, London. Picture date: Monday October 24, 2022.
Kate Garraway said it's a 'long onslaught'. (PA)

“It is a long onslaught, it's a long onslaught and I can see he has better days, he has worse days,” she said.

"He’s thankfully at home now. It's been a long battle to get him back home again."

"I think it’s very tough on him and it’s very tough on the people around him," added the broadcaster, who married the former political adviser in 2005.

Garraway went on: "I can’t help but think all the people around me, people at GMB and the radio as well, must be fed up to the back teeth, and that is the problem, I think, if you are caring or if you have a long-term situation, that it doesn’t go away quickly, and the fight goes on.”

Host Lorraine Kelly and Garraway's GMB co-star Ben Shephard told her that wasn't the case.

Derek Draper and Kate Garraway during the News at Ten party at the Radisson hotel.
Derek Draper and Kate Garraway have been married since 2005. (PA Images/Alamy)

Garraway said everybody has challenges.

She added: "That's the thing that I’ve been really aware of, is that, I know sometimes people say, 'Oh she’s talking about that again’... I don’t want to go on about it because what I’ve learnt, and this is a kind of negative positive, is you only really know what it feels like until you are there.

"You imagine it but you don't know.

“I now get contacted every day, which makes me feel less isolated, by genuinely thousands of people saying, ‘Please say more because we are struggling’."

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Draper first fell ill in March 2020 and he returned home to Garraway and their two children - Darcey and 13-year-old son Billy - in April 2021.

Watch: Kate Garraway reveals Derek Draper's sepsis battle