Kate Garraway’s husband Derek 'still sleeps 20 hours a day' as she gives saddening update

By James Brinsford

Kate Garraway has given a saddening update on her husband Derek Draper's condition as she revealed that he is still sleeping 20 hours a day following his Covid battle.

The 54-year-old Good Morning Britain presenter has said that Derek is only awake for 28 hours a week and that doctors have warned that improvements will take time.

Giving a devastating update on his condition, the Good Morning Britain presenter admitted he's only awake for 28 hours a week.

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…"

Kate added: "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 is requiring round the clock care with two people needed to give him a wash and the medical staff working shifts so that he always has someone by his side.

There has been some better news in that Kate says that Derek is understanding what is going on but his ability to communicate has diminished again.

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

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

This has been stimulated by his ability to listen to music and watch television, which is an improvement on previous times.

Kate also admitted that she would love to hear Derek in full voice again, even though it sometimes used to grate on her.

Kate Garraway has been told by doctors that her husband's recovery will be long (ITV)

She said: “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.”

Kate also said: “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.”

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