Kate Garraway's husband now longest suffering critical COVID-19 patient in UK after six-month battle

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·2-min read
Kate Garraway and Derek Draper at the Galaxy British Book Awards in 2009 (Jon Furniss/WireImage)
Kate Garraway's husband Derek Draper has been in hospital for 184 days. (Getty Images)

Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper is currently believed to be the longest suffering coronavirus patient in the UK after spending six months in hospital.

Former political adviser Draper, 53, was admitted to hospital with COVID-19 on 28 March and has just spent his 184th day in and out of intensive care.

The Good Morning Britain presenter’s husband – who remains in a coma – is now thought to be the longest-surviving corona­virus victim in the UK still receiving treatment in hospital.

Watch: Kate Garraway says it's been 'a tough week' for husband Derek Draper

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Fatima Bridle, 35, was previously reported to be the UK’s longest-suffering covid patient when she was discharged from Southampton General Hospital in August after 141 days, including 105 on a ventilator.

Garraway, 53, revealed in July that she had been told six times by doctors that Draper would not survive, and added that his body has been left ravaged by the disease.

She said: “Of course, there’s fantastic hope that he’s still alive. The doctors do keep saying it is a miracle he’s still alive. Six times they said he’s not going to make it.

Kate Garraway and her husband Derek Draper arrive at the National Television Awards 2007, at the Royal Albert Hall on October 31, 2007 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Kate Garraway was unable to spend her 15th wedding anniversary with her husband Derek Draper. (Getty Images)

“He’s been very, very sick. The problem is, is that it’s a new disease which nobody knows, so there’s no data. So what they can say to me is, ‘It’s great that he’s here, it’s great that there are some flickers of hope’.

“His lungs are starting to recover a little bit, his kidneys are doing better, his liver is doing better. They don’t know how much better he can get. There is just nothing he can compare it with.”

Kate Garraway, alongside her husband Derek Draper and two children Darcey, 13, and Bill, 10, arrives back at Heathrow Airport after the 2019 series of I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
Kate Garraway, her Derek Draper and two children Darcey and Billy in December 2019. (Getty Images)

And the I’m A Celebrity star recently admitted her heartbreak at not being able to see Draper on their 15th wedding anniversary on 10 September.

Garraway said: “What an extraordinary thing. I won’t be able to see him today.

“I kind of hoped I would but it hasn’t worked out that way for the visit… But maybe it would be a bit strange anyway. So it’s a tough day.”

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Due to quarantine restrictions in place to limit the spread of coronavirus Garraway and her children Darcey, 14, and Billy, 11, have been limited in their contact with Draper due to coronavirus quarantine restrictions. But they are able to speak to him on FaceTime everyday.

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