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Manchester Evening News
Jessica Sansome

Kate Garraway shares the last holiday she had with husband Derek and conversation they had before Covid battle

Kate Garraway has shared the last holiday she had with her husband Derek Draper and the now-poignant passing conversation they had before their lives were changed by Covid. Fans of the Good Morning Britain presenter are well aware of the fact that former Labour lobbyist suffered severe complications after contracting the virus early into the pandemic in March 2020.

The former political advisor was struck down with the virus and quickly became critically ill and he is believed to be the worst-affected living Covid patient in the UK after spending 13 months in hospital between March 2020 and April 2021.

And this week, Kate has given an update on her family life as well as Derek's progress as he continues to battle the devastating effects contracting coronavirus had on his body. The TV and radio star said: "It is challenging, he's still very, very damaged. He still can't really move, still can’t really speak, still fed through tubes, and so there's a long road ahead."

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Speaking to Giovanna Fletcher on her Walt Disney Travel Company podcast Journey To The Magic, Kate added an update on the family, including children Darcey and Billy, as whole saying: "They’re good," before adding: "It is challenging, he’s still very, very damaged."

The star also revealed the last thing she did with Derek before he got really ill, saying the family went on a trip to Disneyland. "We went to Disneyland Paris, and I remember as we headed back to get on the train under the tunnel we went into a pharmacy to get some paracetamol or something and everywhere in French it said ‘no masks all sold out'," she said.

"I remember Derek and I saying to each other, ‘God they’re taking it really seriously over here’ and then we came back and it was literally about two or three weeks later Derek got sick and so it was the last thing we did together,” she then added.

Kate then revealed that the family returned to Disneyland recently, but Derek was unable to go with them on the 'morning of' the trip. Kate and the couple's children Billy and Darce still went on the trip and were joined by her friend Vicky.


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