Kate Garraway says husband Derek Draper's return home from hospital is ‘not nearly in sight’

Rachel McGrath
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Kate Garraway has told fans that her husband recovering fully from coronavirus and coming home is “not nearly in sight.”

Derek Draper was hospitalised with the virus in March and soon placed in an induced coma.

While he has since tested negative for Covid-19, the virus has had an “extraordinarily damaging” effect on his body. On Monday, Garraway, 53, revealed that Draper, also 53, has woken up from the coma and while thanking fans for their support, she reiterated that there is still a long way to go.

Writing on Instagram, she said: “The future we are really hoping for, Derek recovering & coming home, is not nearly in sight & very uncertain.

“But it feels positive to share how we are trying to keep ourselves going as I know so many are dealing with terrible challenges in all sorts of ways as we all try to emerge from these ghastly times, just as we continue to hope Derek can emerge from his minimum state of consciousness.”

“I hope reading this helps in some way,” she continued. “Thank you everyone for your lovely good wishes and for sending me your stories of how you’ve been coping too.”

Garraway told fans “who are also having a rough time” to “keep the hope alive and keep moving forward.”

The presenter temporarily stepped down from her Good Morning Britain and Smooth Radio commitments when Draper was first hospitalised.

She has since made one appearance via video link on GMB, in early June, during which she shared an emotional update on her husband’s health.

Garraway said: "He’s very, very sick and as time goes on it’s a virus, it’s a little bit like a computer virus, the doctors manage one bit extraordinarily well and there seems to be hope and then there is something else.

“It’s affected him from the top of his head to the tip of his toes.”

Garraway will be interviewed by Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan during tomorrow’s show.