Kate Garraway says she's starting a 'whole new chapter' with her husband Derek Draper and believes 'he will improve'

KATE Garraway has said she feels like she's starting a "whole new chapter" with her husband Derek Draper.

The TV presenter, 53, said she believes he "will improve" after Derek returned home after a year in hospital fighting off Covid and the damage it had wreaked on his body.

"It's just a whole new chapter that we're starting on now, which is him at home and seeing how he can recover, seeing how he can recover and where he can go," Kate told Times Radio.

"I believe he will improve. I think we've all been changed by what we've been through actually.

"The whole country has been changed by what we've been through.

"So I don't think he'll be exactly the same person again.

"I don't think I will be actually or any of us will be.

"I don't think you will be either. I think we've all been so affected by the pandemic generally."

Kate also spoke about the personal note of goodwill she received from the Prime Minister.

"Boris Johnson actually wrote a really, really very personal note reflecting on things that he and Derek had been involved in together and his impression of him as a person, and also thinking of me and the children," she said.

"And also Carrie as well, who I think has had a tough time, particularly when Boris was ill and she was pregnant with a first child.

"I think she has had a challenging time dealing with that.

"Mercifully, his health is great now but they must have had some dark moments as well during that period.

"So I thought it was lovely that he felt that he should and could and did actually drop me a note. So that was lovely."

Yesterday Kate revealed her sick husband was almost left paralysed by a rare brain inflammation.

She explained in her new book The Power of Hope that there were "fluffy white clouds floating in the top part of his head" after doctors found a small bleed on the brain.

Kate wrote in her book: "This, they told me, was a unique historical event, a one-off splurge of inflammation, and the fact that it showed up in some form on the earlier CT scans from back in April meant it happened right at the start when Derek was first on ECMO [life support]."

Doctors warned Kate that the infection reached spinal cord or brain stem his ability to move would have been affected.

His condition was so rare that medics hadn't seen the inflamation caused by Covid in the UK. Others in Europe had reported similiar cases.

Kate said this week Derek can still barely talk nearly a month after being back with her and their two children Darcey and Billy.

She has praised her children as her “heroes” for adapting so well as their dad continues to recover.


Speaking on Radio 2 to Zoe Ball this week she said: “He isn’t really able to speak at the moment so he can’t tell them off.

"I have to be the bad guy! They are my heroes.

"They know instinctively how to talk to him but not ask too much from him.”

She said Derek, also 53, needs “24-hour care” but added: “The hope is he will be able to progress.”

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