The biggest gift Kate Garraway shares heartwarming update on Christmas plans with Derek

Kate Garraway says having Derek home at Christmas is a 'gift'

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Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper was admitted to hospital at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic where he spent more than a year battling the effects of the virus. During Friday’s instalment of Good Morning Britain Kate, 54, and co-host Richard Bacon reflected on Derek’s recovery journey. While Kate admitted there’s “still a long way to go”, she said having Derek back at home over the Christmas period has been the “biggest gift”.

Richard, 46, said: “Last Christmas’ Eve would have been very different for you and your family.”

Kate replied: “Absolutely, I suppose last Christmas Eve we did have a lot of promise and a lot of hope but Derek was in the hospital and we had no idea whether he was going to live or die.

“We were just praying it was going in the right direction and we have a huge amount of gratitude for the NHS team who kept him alive and we are so grateful he is still alive as many other people of course lost their lives. 

“And this year he’s home so we are spending Christmas together and that is the biggest gift, it’s kind of hard to get your head around really. 

“We still have fears and still have a long way to go and we are still hugely grateful to everyone who kept him alive.”

The broadcaster went on to thank people in the community, the nurses, therapists and carers for providing her husband with “phenomenal” care. 

Kate then revealed she and Derek shared a special moment together on Thursday which she shared with ITV viewers. 

The presenter said: “Obviously he still has extraordinary problems with communication, it’s very limited. 

“Sometimes he goes unconscious, maybe that’s the wrong word, but it’s like he’s not present with you. 

“And we were playing this silly game and the questions were like, ‘Who is most likely to have a secret criminal record?'”

They were playing the game in Derek’s bedroom with Kate’s parents and their daughter Darcy and son Billy and they had to answer a question about who would be most likely to find money on the floor and keep it. 

“All at the same time we said Darcy and [Derek] started to laugh and it was just the most lovely moment,” Kate emotionally explained. 

“So we thought he does get it and he does understand and he’s right because she is the most likely to find money and keep it.” 

She went on to explain how she gets “huge flashes” that create a surge of hope which sustain her in the periods where she feels as if there won’t be any change. 

Kate added: “Most of all we are lucky we have got the chance as many people have passed away.” 

Derek contracted Covid in early 2020 and was hospitalised for a year before returning home, but he still has issues with mobility and communication. 

When Kate appeared on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories recently she said contracting Covid had “devastated” Derek and added that he’s been affected “from the top of his head to the tip of his toe”. 

Derek and Kate have been married for 16 years after first meeting in 2004. 

The Good Morning Britain host was introduced to political advisor Derek through a mutual friend and former political editor Gloria De Piero. 

Good Morning Britain continues weekdays between 6am and 9am on ITV. 

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