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Kate Garraway’s husband emerges from ‘deep coma’


Kate Garraway
Kate Garraway’s husband is now out of a ‘deep coma’ (Picture: ITV/Rex)

Kate Garraway has revealed her husband Derek Draper has emerged from a ‘deep coma’ and is now in a minimal state of consciousness.

The Good Morning Britain star’s husband has been in hospital since March after contracting coronavirus and being placed in an induced coma.

But Kate has now revealed that Derek, 52, has started to regain consciousness and recently opened his eyes.

‘We’re keeping positive and doing everything we can to bring him round. The children and I communicate with him every day on FaceTime, while a nurse holds his iPad,’ she told Hello! magazine.

‘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.’

Kate, 53, explained that doctors have urged her not to put her life on hold while waiting for news on Derek’s condition. The NHS medical team have warned that Derek’s current condition could persist ‘for years’ but have also offered hope as there are signs that he can hear.


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Kate has been unable to visit Derek due to restrictions during the pandemic (Picture: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Kate Garraway husband and children
Kate and Derek share children Darcey and Billy (Picture: Rex)

The TV presenter revealed: ‘They’ve told me that I need to go back to work and create a routine in our lives again.

‘The children and Derek are all I’ve thought about and they’re the most important people in my life, but I must create structure and normality for the children, to clean the bath, put the plates in the dishwasher, and tidy the house.’

Kate added that she needs to return to work so she can ‘provide for the children’ and ‘make them feel that the light hasn’t gone out of their lives’ while remaining hopeful for the future.

Doctors have said that it’s unlikely Derek will be out of hospital by September, which is when their son Billy begins secondary school.

Last month, Kate detailed the severity of damage Covid-19 has had on Derek’s body.

While he’s now coronavirus-free, the disease has left him with a whole in his heart, in need of kidney dialysis and diabetic after complications with his pancreas.

Read the full interview in this week’s issue of HELLO!, out Monday.

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