Kate Garraway reveals husband Derek’s hospital stay could be extended until December 2021
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Kate Garraway's husband Derek Draper could remain in hospital until the end of this year.
Derek, 53, was admitted to hospital in March 2020 after showing symptoms of coronavirus. He was put into an induced coma to help his recovery and woke up for the first time in October last year to tell doctors he was in pain.
The deadly bug "attacked everything", leaving him with kidney failure, damage to his liver and pancreas, as well as heart failure after beating the virus.
Nearing the end of 53 year old Kate's ITV documentary, Finding Derek, which aired on 23 March, a note appeared which read: "His doctors have extended the option of keeping him in hospital… until December 2021."
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A clip of Derek then played where he coherently said: "Thank you and I love you forever and a day," to his TV presenter wife before the documentary came to a close.
During the hour-long segment, Kate explained that she's "never loved Derek more or feared losing him more," but confessed she thinks they'll have to get to know each other again after all this time.
"He is still Derek. He is still him and he's still that person that you love. But he will behave differently and he will by physically different. So, will I be ok?
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"I won't be delighted because I wouldn't wish that on him.
"I think it will be very tough on us both but he is, for better for worse… you know, I'm trying to look at it as a rather beautiful thing.
"I feel as though we might have to fall in love again."
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Kate later spoke to her husband through a video call and encouraged him to keep hanging on tight while she finds a way to make things better.
"You do know you're going to get better, right?" she asked him in one scene, to which he responded in a whisper: "Yes."
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She then asked: "What is it?" as he said: "It's the howl. It's the howl."
Understanding exactly what he meant, Kate told the camera later: "I think he has Derek in his head, but it's how to get it out, how to go back to the life."
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