Kate Garraway offers difficult update on husband Derek Draper

By Jessica Sansome

Kate Garraway has given a difficult update on husband Derek Draper after opening up about missing the "small things."

The Good Morning Britain has said that Derek is still sleeping 20 hours a day as he continues his recovery from coronavirus.

Kate, 54, has spoken openly about her husband's battle after being struck down by the virus last March.

The former political advisor, who spent more than a year in hospital, suffered serious complications, including brain inflammation as well as damage to his lungs, heart, kidneys and liver.

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Speaking to the Telegraph, Kate said: "Everyone wants to know how Derek is doing, and I want to say: 'He’s doing great!' Because I so want to give them a happy ending…

"It’s not been easy.

"And although there are these extraordinary little moments that keep you going, it’s not as though there is something every day taking us forward.

"The doctors believe that there will be a trajectory, but that it’ll be very slow. Derek will still sleep for 20 hours a day, for example."

Derek now received round-the-clock care after returning to the family home in April.

Kate and Derek (ITV)

Kate said washing her husband, also 54, now requires two people.

But Kate said Derek does understand what's going on but is unable to communicate as he did before contracting Covid.

"We’re clear now that he does understand everything that I tell him," she said.

"So there are moments when you know he’s in there, and he has a lot of memory."

Kate also admitted to longing for the "small things" they shared before the pandemic hit.

"I would give everything I own to hear him being really shouty and full of opinions, ruffling feathers in the way that he used to," she said in an interview with Celia Walden Stella magazine.

She also said she missed "the way he wouldn’t be able to do anything until he’d had his bath. The way he would sing so loudly in the mornings – and was generally just so loud! It would drive me mad."

Kate went on to say that when Derek would irritate her, she'd ask: "Why did you have to do that?"

To which he would reply: "Darling, I’m the grit in your oyster."

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