Kate Garraway’s husband Derek ‘home after year in hospital with coronavirus’

Alex Green, PA Entertainment Reporter
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Kate Garraway’s husband has reportedly returned home after more than a year in hospital being treated for Covid-19.

Former political adviser Derek Draper, 53, was admitted in March last year with coronavirus symptoms, before being placed in a coma.

He was driven by ambulance to the couple’s north London home on Wednesday, according to The Sun.

Derek Draper
Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper (Tim Ireland/PA)

Draper has been taken off all machines and breathing apparatus but will receive 24-hour care at the property, which Garraway has adapted in his absence to make it more accessible.

Last month ITV broadcast Finding Derek, a documentary exploring Draper’s illness and its effect on their two children – daughter Darcey, 15, and 11-year-old son Billy.

It detailed their experiences during Draper’s illness and featured Good Morning Britain host Garraway, also 53, speaking to people suffering long Covid, NHS staff and other experts.

Kate Garraway's book, The Power Of Hope
Garraway is publishing a book, called The Power Of Hope (Transworld Publishers/PA)

One scene saw her recall being told by Draper’s doctors that he was the most seriously ill person they had seen who remained alive.

In another, Garraway was seen preparing for his possible return by making their home wheelchair-friendly.

She suggested they would have a “completely different dynamic” in their marriage when he is able to leave hospital.

Garraway is also publishing a book, called The Power Of Hope, detailing “the raw and emotional story” of her husband’s illness.

During the first lockdown she posted weekly updates on Draper’s recovery to coincide with the weekly Clap For Carers.