Inside Kate Garraway and Derek Drapers tragic Covid journey after NTA win

Inside Kate Garraway and Derek Drapers tragic Covid journey after NTA win


Kate Garraway and her husband Derek Draper have been through hell over the last two years, but their battle isn't over.

When Derek was hospitalised in March 2020, he became the UK's longest suffering Covid patient after spending 13 months in hospital.

Kate and former political advisor Derek have been married for 17 years and doting parents share two children, 16-year-old Darcey and 12-year-old William.

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GMB star Kate documented their heartbreaking health journey in her ITV film Finding Derek, which won Best Documentary at the National Television Awards last year.

Now, Kate has won for a second year, taking the Authored Documentary category at the 2022 National Television Awards, showing just how much their story has moved the nation.

Daily Star has taken a look back at the couple's heartbreaking health journey.

Derek hospitalised

Derek was rushed to hospital on March 30 2020 with serious Covid symptoms – but it wasn't until April 3 when Kate shocked viewers with the news.

She explained Derek had experienced headaches, numbness in his hand and severe breathlessness where he struggled to hold his breath for longer than ten seconds.

The presenter turned to her colleague Dr Hilary Jones for help and he urged her to phone an ambulance, after which he was rushed to intensive care.

He was then placed in a medically-induced coma and remained unconscious for 13 weeks while being treated by hospital staff.

Kate stayed by her husband's side and kept her viewers updated about his condition on Good Morning Britain.

Derek wakes from his coma

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Derek finally woke up from his coma in July 2020, but he would remain in hospital for many more months.

Kate was warned by medics that Derek still had a long road to recovery, with doctors telling her he could be in a "minimum state of consciousness" for years.

She told Hello! at the time: "I really believe he can hear. When medical staff say, 'Good morning, Derek,' he sometimes opens his eyes. We and the doctors are doing everything we can so that he can start to recover."

Sadly, Derek wasn't well enough to leave the hospital and had to spend Christmas without Kate and their family.

She said at the time: "I'm lucky that Derek is still with us, and that we still have hope for next year, but it is quite hard to know how to really plan because we had very specific traditions that we would always go to Derek's family on Christmas Eve, we would go to church, we would be with his family on Christmas Day and then come back to my family and I don't think any of that will be possible because we need to stay close to Derek and the hospital."

Derek returns home

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Derek was finally able to return home from hospital on April 8 2021 in what was a milestone moment for Kate and their children.

But the former lobbyist was still far from recovered and Kate's film Finding Derek highlighted how much help he needed to stay well, and how easily he became tired.

Phillip Schofield asked Kate "how much of Derek" she thinks she will "get back" during a chat on This Morning, and she replied: "It’s very hard to know really, we’re having to have a new relationship with him.

"What is there, he is still him, he remembers lots of little details, he reacts to things the kids do in the way he would have before. He’s smiling and laughing at things, and he definitely adores and loves us all."

Derek has been receiving 24 hour care from Kate and a team of healthcare professionals whilst at home, and sometimes he's required up to 20 hours of sleep.

One of the most touching ways Kate has coped with her husband's crisis is by transforming their garden into a relaxing haven for the family to enjoy.

Derek goes on a family day out

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It was a special moment for Kate and Derek when he was able to head on a trip to the theatre at Christmas.

The family watched a production of Cinderella at Richmond theatre, and photos emerged of the family smiling together.

After the trip, Kate told the Daily Mail: "Last Christmas Eve, we did have a lot of promise and a lot of hope but Derek was in hospital.

"We had no idea whether he was going to live or die, praying that it was going in the right direction."

Kate pulls out of GMB

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In July of this year, Kate was forced to take three weeks off work to be by her husband's side after he contracted life-threatening sepsis.

Kate told fans Derek took a "frightening turn" and had been fighting for his life again, also explaining that his kidneys had become infected.

She said: "Thank you so so much for all your messages of support – they really do mean the world to me & the whole family.

"I have taken some time off @gmb, @smoothradio & @garrawaysgoodatuff in the last 3 weeks as Derek’s health took an unexpected & frightening turn for the worse that landed him back in intensive care & fighting for his life – again."

The latest with Derek

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Kate recently opened up about Derek's current condition during her ITV documentary, DNA Journey.

She said: "2020 was a devastating year. With Derek, he got very sick very early on in the pandemic and has remained very damaged.

"That is quite well documented because for a lot of people, he's come to symbolise the fight that goes on."

In August, she told her ITV colleagues how much her life has changed since her husband fell ill.

She said: "I spend pretty much all of my time on trains, or in hospital with Derek."

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The broadcaster talked about how "hard" caring for her partner has been on a post to mark World Mental Health Day, and why she made her sequel documentary, Caring For Derek.

She said: "The reason we made the documentary was to highlight carers, professional carers, and carers who are doing it for love and the tough challenges that that involves.

"As much as you don't begrudge doing it, it's very hard. You saw me frustrated, depressed, emotional, and I've been all of those and more in recent weeks and months.

"That's the thing about caring; you want it to carry on because you want the person surviving and with you. But there isn't an end point, and it doesn't get any easier."

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