Kate Garraway admits impact of Covid on husband’s brain is ‘scaring her more and more’

Kate Garraway, 53, has opened up on her concerns about how her husband Derek Draper’s battle with long Covid will impact his brain. The former political advisor was rushed to hospital last March with the virus and has remained in intensive care ever since.

The Good Morning Britain presenter admitted that this element of her other half’s recovery had been “scaring her more and more” recently.

Kate filmed herself speaking to Derek’s doctors for her family’s moving ITV documentary, Finding Derek.

She could be seen on the phone telling medics: “You wanted to go through with me some of the potential cognitive changes for Derek and how that will impact going forward.”

Kate then divulged: “The effects of Covid on Derek’s brain are scaring me more and more. 

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“I think also emotionally, there’s a lot to take in.”

One year on, the former lobbyist no longer has coronavirus but has suffered serious health complications as a result of the virus.

Kate has spoken openly on Good Morning Britain about her husband’s experience with Covid, sharing that his health issues now include damage to his kidneys, liver, heart and lungs.

Elsewhere in the powerful documentary, Kate and Derek’s children Darcey, 15, and Billy, 11, spoke about their dad’s battle with coronavirus.

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The GMB presenter’s two kids shared their fears that they could lose their dad and their hopes for him to come “back”.

Darcey said: “I’ve not really thought the worse, I’ve always said he’s going to get better, he’s going to get back – all of this stuff.

“They say that we’ve heard rumours he will get back, hopefully, before the end of next year but we really don’t know at all.”

Billy could then be seen discussing the Lego collection he received for his birthday and how it made him miss his dad.

He said: “Dad usually does Lego with me the most but since dad is not here… I’ve started to do it myself.”

Billy then described Derek as a “big kid”. 

“He added: “I really want him back but we don’t know if he’s going to get better or not. So…”

The film ended with a clip of Derek telling Kate, his wife of 16 years: “Thank you and I love you forever and a day.”

The documentary then stated on screen: “Derek’s rehabilitation continues…His doctors have extended the option of keeping him in hospital…until December 2021.”


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