Kate Garraway has given an update on her husband Derek Draper as she opened up about how it took "a long time to admit that as a family we were grieving". The Good Morning Britain star has been open and honest about the highs and lows of her and her family's life ever since the coronavirus pandemic.
Kate's husband Derek Draper, a former Labour lobbyist, contracted the virus in March 2020 and was taken to the hospital where he was put in an induced coma. The TV and radio star has previously told how Covid 'wreaked havoc' on Derek's body and he spent just over a year in hospital before returning home in April 2021, where he has needed round-the-clock care ever since.
Appearing on Loose Women on Thursday (November 23) to discuss Carer's Rights Day, Kate was asked about Derek. "He's actually back in the hospital at the moment," she told Charlene White, Sunetra Sarker, Denise Welch and Jane Moore.
Kate continued: "I haven't talked about this, but not the horrific drama fortunately, because there have been lots of, as we all experience, referrals and cancellations."
She then went on to explain "He's gotten back in for something that he began last year, which he needed the second part of which will hopefully mean he has more movement, physical fractures. So it's a positive hospital thing. So he's actually not at home at the moment. So when the visiting game, but hopefully won't be in for too long."
After speaking about her new book, The Strength of Love, she said: "It's not that you want to be a 'poor me' about it because on the one hand I feel incredibly fortunate because so many hundreds of 1000s of people, everyday people lose people.
"I talk in the book about grief and it took me a long time to admit that as a family we were grieving because I felt guilty because actual bereavement, so many are going through, that you feel that this is a lesser degree, but really, it is a kind of grief because you go through mini deaths when someone's very ill."