Kate Garraway says Derek ‘burst into tears’ when he got home
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Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway, 53, was spotted grinning from ear to ear today outside her family home in North London, shortly after her husband Derek Draper, 53, returned home. The ITV host looked visibly relieved at having her husband of 16 years home, where he will continue to recover from the effects of long Covid.
It’s going to be very slow I’m afraid
ITV presenter Kate Garraway was seen beaming with joy earlier today at her family home after she announced the news of her husband’s return from hospital.
The Good Morning Britain host was pictured in good spirits as she made her way back into her house.
Wearing a pair of dark blue jeans and a cream and navy striped jumper, the mum of two smiled as a single-use face mask could be seen around her neck.
The presenter completed her casual look with a glitzy hair slide and turquoise beaded bracelet.
Last night it was reported that the former political lobbyist had returned to his North London home to live with his wife and children and will continue to receive round-the-clock care, according to a friend of the family.
Derek spent a year in hospital battling long Covid, but has now been taken off all machines and will continue to receive care at the family home.
A friend said to The Sun: “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 he reportedly has a long way to go due to his condition, Kate, 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.”
Medical professionals had finally decided that Derek could return home, after being admitted to hospital in March 2020.
Speaking in a video link with her ITV colleagues, Kate addressed caring for her husband at home: “It does feel like the hospital has come home with me at the moment,” she said.
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She also addressed her husband’s recovery from the effects of long Covid.
Kate explained: “It’s going to be very slow I’m afraid.
“So, the physiotherapy and the occupational therapy, speech and language therapy…”
She also added: “He can’t really move, we do need a lot of help.”
Kate went on to explain that while her husband can’t yet talk as much as he could before his illness, he is “aware” of where he is.
The presenter also spoke of her children’s excitement at welcoming their dad home, saying: “I could see two little faces looking out the window.”
Kate also told colleagues about how she laid the table for four for the first time in a year which saw her shed a tear.
She said: “We managed to sort of do that and as I was laying out the plates, I realised I was laying out four.
“It makes me cry now,” she added.
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