Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper, 53, is reportedly finally back home after more than a year in hospital battling long Covid. It has been said Derek has been taken off all machines, but will be cared for at the family’s property in North London.
A friend said: “Kate’s dreamt of this day for so long, and can’t thank wonderful NHS staff enough.”
Despite the breakthrough, the Good Morning Britain host’s family has been warned that Derek still faces a “long and gruelling” health battle.
Although Derek reportedly has a long way to go due to his condition, Kate, 53, daughter Darcey, 15, and son Billy, 11, are “thrilled” that doctors have given him the go ahead to leave intensive care.
The family friend said: “The children, who have been so remarkably resilient, have been so, so happy to have their dad home.
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“There have been a lot of happy tears from everyone.
“This past year has given Derek and Kate an absolutely unbreakable bond — she has been such a rock, and a total inspiration to everyone in Britain battling their own horror stories with the pernicious disease.”
Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Kate for comment.
The Sun reports that Derek was taken home in an ambulance to reunite with Kate and their children yesterday.
Kate Garraway’s husband Derek was rushed to hospital with Covid last March
Kate Garraway was unable to visit Derek frequently due to Covid restrictions
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He will have round-the-clock care at his family home, after COVID-19 “universally affected” his body, meaning his lungs, heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas had all been impacted by the virus.
The friend added to the publication: “The professional medical teams who have been looking after Derek have decided to release him from hospital into 24-hour care at home.
“They noticed that his cognition and consciousness had stalled and, if anything, was going backwards over the last couple of months.
“Even though the doctors and nurses have done an incredible job, necessary Covid restrictions have meant visits from Kate and access to wider therapy have been very limited.
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“Derek is a unique case. The medical experts are now looking at unique ways to give Derek every chance of making the best recovery, and agree that being surrounded by his wife Kate and their two children, is vital to reaching that goal.”
Psychologist Derek has become Britain’s longest surviving hospital patient with Covid after he was rushed to intensive care with breathing difficulties on March 30 2020.
After being placed on a ventilator by doctors, he spent months in a form of coma called PDOC — Prolonged Disorder of Consciousness.
Kate recently gave fans an insight into her and her family’s heartbreaking year in ITV documentary Finding Derek.
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The film showed that due to Covid regulations, Kate, the kids, and Derek’s elderly parents have not been allowed to visit him very frequently in hospital.
Kate was also filmed planning for Derek’s eventual return home and she was seen making some renovations to the ground-floor of their house in preparation.
The tiles she chose for her husband’s wet room were “pure Derek — like something out of Poirot”, but left their 14-year-old daughter Darcey “mortified”.
“Darcey was, like, ‘Please! Why do we have to have these old-fashioned tastes?’” Kate recalled as she spoke to The Times.
“I had to explain, ‘I think he would like them, let’s do something he would like.’ Because if he’s lucky enough to come back, I do know he’s going to be furious with how messy his study is.”
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