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Kate Garraway ‘still has fears’ over husband Derek Draper’s health but admits Christmas together is ‘biggest gift’

Kate Garraway has described spending Christmas with husband Derek Draper as the ‘biggest gift’ but admits there are ‘still fears’ over his health. 

The Good Morning Britain presenter is overjoyed to be able to spend the festive period with her spouse, who was hospitalised last year due to Covid-related issues. He was admitted to hospital in March 2020 after testing positive for the virus and then placed in a coma before being released earlier this year.

However, Derek, 54, is still contending with various health issues while receiving full-time care at home, where he lives with Kate and their two children Billy and Darcey.

Sharing an update on Christmas Eve’s edition of GMB, Kate said: ‘Obviously, he still has extraordinary problems with communication, mobility is very limited, massive problems with fatigue.

‘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, 55, then expressed her ‘huge amount of gratitude’ for the NHS teams who have fought to ‘keep him alive’ when so many others lost their lives.

Of their festive plans, she added: ‘And this year, of course, he’s home so we are spending Christmas together, and that is the biggest gift.

Kate is thrilled to be able to spend Christmas at home with Derek this year (Picture: ITV)

‘It’s kind of hard to get your head around really. But we have still got fears. Still got a long, long way to go. And still hugely grateful for everyone that kept him alive and saved his life thus far.’

Praising her support team, Kate continued: ‘This year since he’s been home, people in the community – friends, incredible family all around – have been amazing.

‘But the teams that have come out to help, the nurses, the therapists, and most extraordinary, the carers have been phenomenal. It’s just amazing.

‘People working in care homes are making it possible for people to be able to have some kind of Christmas.

‘But actually carers that are going out into the home are making it possible for a lot of people to have Christmas and without them we wouldn’t be able to be together.’

The presenter added: ‘I’ve always thought the whole world of caring, local authority and the agencies are amazing. But I’ve got a whole new thing. So thank you very much to everybody.’

Earlier this week, Kate discussed the challenges in seeing family over Christmas this year with Derek largely unable to travel long distance, but also revealed she’s dealing with a broken oven, meaning Christmas dinner may be off the cards at her household.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.


Credit: Original article published here.

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