KATE Garraway shares her horror in tonight’s ITV documentary as a stranger told her to dump her coronavirus-hit husband Derek Draper.
Derek, 53, contracted covid-19 last March and remains in hospital to this day, having spent much of the past year in a coma.
Kate has been documenting Derek’s long, slow recovery in Finding Derek after coronavirus ravaged his body, causing his liver, kidneys and heart to fail.
In tonight’s programme, the GMB star reveals how shocked she was by a stranger’s suggestion that she shouldn’t stand by her gravely ill husband.
The 53-year-old presenter was completely blindsided when someone told her she could leave Derek because it “wasn’t what she signed up for”.
She said: “Somebody said to me the other day, ‘You are allowed to say “this isn’t what I signed up for” and get out’.”
“And I was like, ‘Oh my god.’ I mean, I know they meant it weirdly kindly, as if almost giving me license. But I said, ‘I can’t think that! He’s in there!'”
In a teaser clip aired on the ITV show, Derek is also seen in floods of tears as Kate video calls her husband.
Kate says: “He’s back. We’ve been waiting a long time to speak to you. I’m so proud of you. I’m so proud of you.”
Kate’s documentary – which airs tonight – will track Derek’s fight for his life and how they plan to live their life afterwards.
As she reflected on the type of care her husband will need when he leaves hospital, Kate adds: “The truth is as much as I may think I have the answers all the time, Derek doesn’t need me. I’m not the person to care for him.
“I obviously will be there 100% completely if Derek needs me, but what he needs is specialist, professional, medical support ongoing – because there is a good chance that he can improve but we need to make sure the support is there now.
Read our live blog below for the latest Kate Garraway and Derek Draper updates ahead of Finding Derek on ITV tonight…
Earlier this month, Kate made the heartwarming revelation that she was financially supported by her friends when she was forced to stop working when Derek was first hospitalised.
She explained at the time: “Working in television, everybody does get paid a good wage compared with the nurses who are keeping Derek alive. But that obviously stopped quite suddenly last March.”
Insisting that she wasn’t “pleading poverty”, the TV favourite added to The Times that she had to rely on her and Derek’s friends’ “financial support last year while off work”.
There is less than an hour to go before Finding Derek airs on ITV at 9pm.
Viewers can expect an emotional hour of television in the no holds barred look at Derek’s coronavirus battle over the past year.
Kate Garraway is approaching the grim one-year milestone of her husband being rushed to hospital with the virus, and he has remained in intensive care ever since.
LONG WAY TO GO
After enduring a difficult year of her husband being in hospital, Kate previously revealed that she still has a long way to go before she can get a proper prognosis.
Medical professionals told the star back in June that it could take up to two years before they know anything about Derek’s future.
Kate explained: “Derek will need professional expertise because we don’t want Derek to regress, we want him to progress and that demands specific skills.
“So it’s a question of looking at the best way forward. Back last June, they said it could take up to two years for us to know his true future.”
HOPING FOR A MIRACLE
Three months into Derek’s battle with Covid, Kate’s GMB co-star Susanna Reid she was “hoping for a miracle”.
The presenter described Kate’s strength during her TV interview last week and said watching her struggle has been “heartbreaking”.
“Watching my friend Kate Garraway describing her husband Derek Draper’s condition on Good Morning Britain was heartbreaking,” she said.
“She has such strength even to be able to put into words what she and their children are going through.
Susanna Reid spoke about Kate’s strength three months into Derek’s battle
“Derek… has been in intensive care for almost three months after contracting Covid-19 in March.
“Kate is hoping for a miracle in his recovery and for him to break through…
“Derek is a strong, clever, insightful man devoted to his gorgeous wife and children.”
DEREK AND PIERS MORGAN ONCE ‘BUTTED HEADS’
Kate’s former GMB co-star Piers Morgan once revealed he wasn’t a fan of her political lobbyist husband back in the day.
He said: “After Kate announced she was marrying her husband Derek Draper, with whom I used to lock horns when he was a Labour spin doctor and I was editor of the Daily Mirror, I emailed her to say: ‘If I’d known the bar was that low, I’d have had a crack myself.'”
However, Derek and Piers were on good terms and Piers supported Kate with regular “heart-rendering” phone calls when Derek was first admitted to hospital.
He also spoke about the advice he gave his pal – to “treat what was happening like a massive breaking news story and behave accordingly”.
KATE AND DEREK WANTED TO RENEW THEIR VOWS
Kate revealed Derek got down on one knee and proposed to her for a second time when they were reunited after I’m A Celebrity.
Derek had intended to pop the question to renew their vows in front of the ITV cameras, but he was so emotional he couldn’t do it.
However, he got a second chance moments later thanks to their children, who were aware of his plan.
She said: “You’re told you can’t take any jewellery into the jungle. I didn’t want to take my wedding ring off, as I never have since we got married. But I did take my engagement ring off.
“When Derek came to meet me after I left the jungle, he was planning to propose to me again [with the ring, in front of the TV cameras], but he got overwhelmed and burst into tears.
“The kids leapt out and surprised me, and Darcey said, “Oh Dad – you didn’t do it!” So he got down on one knee and proposed… and I said yes, obviously.”
Kate has been a breakfast TV star since 1998, when she joined Sky News’ Sunrise, before co-presenting GMTV Today with Andrew Castle in 2000.
She appeared in the fifth series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2007, when she was partnered with Anton DuBeke.
Kate is not only a presenter on Good Morning Britain but also has her own slot on Smooth Radio.
She released her own book titled The Joy of Big Knickers: (Or Learning to Love the Rest of Your Life).
Kate was well received by the public who liked her charisma and maternal kindness when she entered I’m A Celeb in 2019.
DEREK IN HIS OWN WORDS
In November 2019, Derek spoke to The Sun as Kate took part in I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!
He told us that the Good Morning Britain host always looks her best the moment she wakes up.
The doting husband insisted she is “naturally beautiful” after viewers speculated she smuggled make-up into the jungle.
Kate as amazed I’m A Celebrity viewers with her near-flawless complexion Credit: Rex Features
Derek said: “Take it from someone who knows – she never looks better than first thing in the morning.
“When we go on romantic breaks I beg her not to put make-up on. She’s naturally beautiful, and adorable and awesome, and she’s smashing it in the jungle.”
Good Morning Britain presenter Kate and Derek married in north London in 2005, when he was a political aide to then-Labour minister Peter Mandelson.
WHAT WAS DEREK DRAPER’S CAREER?
Derek worked in a mix of political roles before retraining as a psychologist.
He became well known while working with the Labour party as a lobbyist.
In 1998 he was involved in a scandal after being caught on tape talking about selling access to government ministers then creating tax breaks for clients.
He then took a break from politics, before setting up the LabourList website in 2009.
Five months after it launched, it was suggested to him that the site publish a blog to create a smear campaign against leading Conservatives of the time, such as David Cameron.
Derek replied on email that the idea was “absolutely totally brilliant” and the email got leaked to the press – leading him to apologise and to step down from the site.
Kate began working on ITV’s Finding Derek documentary in August.
She had hoped she’d be reunited with her husband at home before it aired, but that has not been the case.
Kate allowed cameras into her home to track their lives as they cope without Derek and stay in constant contact with him over FaceTime.
And she spoke about why she decided to show her psychotherapist husband at his lowest ebb on GMB today.
Kate shared: “There is a moment in the documentary that I think is tough for people to watch and that is the moment where he feels like he can’t go on.
“Why I wanted to include it, is because anybody would feel where they’ve been trapped inside a body and mind that’s not letting them communicate but they’re fighting against physical pain and discomfort. Anyone would feel that way.
“I think it was just important to show, that is going to effect you whatever ‘degree’ you’ve got it. It’s going to effect everybody.”
DEREK HAS SLIPPED BACK
Kate revealed Derek has slipped back in recent months.
Speaking on The One Show last week, she said: “Things have regressed a little bit this year since January, but how much that is to do with the restrictions of not being able to visit, is unclear.
Derek is still in intensive care
“It felt like we were moving forward at Christmas, now it feels like we’ve slipped back.”
She added his brain is “no longer his friend” and explained: “His brain has always been his best friend and he’s lived on his wits and now suddenly his brain – as we all know controls his body – is no longer his friend and he’s fighting to get out.”
“HE HAS CHANGED”
Derek is physically very affected. He has lost eight stone in weight and has been horizontal for most of the year, leaving his muscles to waste away.
Kate said ahead of the documentary: “His legs are like sticks, he has no muscle left. In terms of his movement, he’s physically affected.”
Viewers will get the chance to see the renovations taking place as her home is adapted for her husband’s return from hospital.
The GMB star has made her home wheelchair accessible.
WILL DEREK COME HOME?
The ITV documentary Finding Derek follows the couple’s dual struggles as Derek continues to stay in hospital.
Derek is the sickest person the team of doctors have treated that has lived.
His wife Kate said that doctors still can’t tell her whether Derek will recover – and they have warned her he may remain “locked in” for good.
However, she has adapted their home with a hospital bed in the lounge and room for his wheelchair.
Derek has been drifting in and out of consciousness.
And the continual suffering amid his nightmare scenario left him thinking of death.
Kate revealed: “When he said that, it was absolutely devastating, but it showed me he was still in there.
“Even though it was terrible to think his spirits were so low.”
Derek has now spent months in intensive care after coronavirus ravaged his body, causing his liver, kidneys and heart to fail, and is shortly approaching the one-year anniversary of his coronavirus battle.
Kate told Good Morning Britain she re-read all of Derek’s loving cards on their 15th wedding anniversary in September.
The journalist raised a drink to him at home with her family on the poignant occasion.
She said: “It’s actually Derek and I’s wedding anniversary today, unbelievably – 15 years today.
Inside the couple’s wedding – 15 years agoCredit: Dan Charity – The Sun
“We did our best to make it special. We had him on Facetime. My mum and dad are on childcare duties overnight while I’m here and they were there as well and we raised a glass and said happy anniversary.
“I have a card to take to read to him. It made me go through all the cards he’s written to me. He was a prolific card writer for birthdays and things. He’d always remember… And hopefully he’ll do it again.”
Kate returned to work at Smooth radio for the first time since Derek coronavirus battle in September.
Kate presents the morning show on the radio station, with Myleene Klass filling in for her while she took time out and looked after her children Darcey and Billy.
She said of her roles on GMB and Smooth radio: “I’m not going anywhere.
“In fact the reality is, is that ITV and Global and Smooth radio, everybody has been so supportive and to be honest being here has kept me sane.”
ON A KNIFE EDGE
Kate admitted she is living “day to day on a knife edge” as she was told countless times Derek may not survive the effects of Covid on his body.
She opened up on her tragic ordeal on Gardeners’ World seven months into his Covid battle.
She told the programme: “When you’re living day-to-day on a knife edge, doing something that gives you a future just helps with a sense of progress, where there is actually none from the direct situation.
“(Our garden) has been the most important space for us. It’s been a place to find joy, hope, go a bit crazy and feel a bit unleashed in a stifling physical and emotional time that we’ve all lived through.”
Kate hailed ‘brave volunteers’ being infected with coronavirus for the first vaccine trials in October.
She explained on GMB: “There is a new trial, which we were all surprised about, taking part at Oxford University.
“The interesting thing is they’re calling for healthy volunteers to be infected with Covid now.
“I didn’t think that was happening, I mean, it’s a brave volunteer who does that.”
Five months, later following the vaccine rollout, a US study showed the AstraZeneca / Oxford University coronavirus vaccine is 100 per cent effective against the severe disease.
Prince William and Kate Middleton praised Kate for her “resilience” during Derek’s Covid battle.
In November, Good Morning Britain star Kate, 53, joined the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to honour the NHS at the Pride of Britain awards.
And she was hailed by the Duchess of Cambridge, who said, “I think you’re amazing to do this – you’ve had such a hard time yourself.”
And William, 38, said: “It’s been very difficult for a lot of people” to which Kate replied: “You’ve had it in your own family as well!”
Prince Charles contracted COVID-19 around the same time as Derek did.
Kate previously said Derek uttering his first word had been a “huge breakthrough”.
It happened when the nurses were moving Derek, as part of his treatment, to trigger the sensation of gravity because he has been horizontal for so long.
From the beginning, when Derek couldn’t even open his eyes, the doctors and nurses talked to him to be respectful, and to try to trigger a response.
As they were shifting him, they asked if he could feel anything — not expecting a response as he hadn’t previously. But suddenly he mouthed in a whisper, “Pain”.
WHEN DID BATTLING DEREK SAY HIS FIRST WORD?
The Sun revealed in October that Derek, 53, mouthed his first words to doctors as sobbing Kate watched online.
It came after the psychotherapist’s tracheotomy tube was finally removed, and he was able to breathe for the first time without a ventilator.
Agonisingly, Derek mouthed the word “pain” as doctors manipulated his body to prevent him seizing up — with sobbing Kate watching through FaceTime.
WHAT IS THE LATEST ON DEREK?
On March 20, 2021 Kate said her seriously-ill husband Derek Draper’s brain is “no longer his friend”.
The former Labour party guru was taken to hospital a year ago battling coronavirus, which has left his body ravaged.
Speaking on The One Show, Kate explained: “He is somebody who both in this time before I knew him, when he was in politics, and also since in all the work he has done in mental health, because that’s his thing now.
“His brain has always been his best friend and he’s lived on his wits and now suddenly his brain – as we all know controls his body – is no longer his friend and he’s fighting to get out.”
WHAT IS KATE GARRAWAY: FINDING DEREK ABOUT?
A new documentary, Kate Garraway: Finding Derek, will offer an intimate insight into Kate’s experience, and that of her husband Derek Draper.
Announcing ITV’s spring schedule, channel director Kevin Lygo said: “In Factual, Kate Garraway will open up about the challenging year for her family.”
Derek has beaten Covid, but he has been unable to gain consciousness from his induced coma and is still in intensive care a year after catching the virus.
He has been left with kidney failure, damage to his liver and pancreas and heart failure.
He also has holes in his lungs from bacterial pneumonia and is fighting off several infections.
WHEN DID KATE AND DEREK MEET?
Kate Garraway married Derek Draper in 2005 in Camden, London.
Garraway was previously married to former Meridian boss Ian Rumsey from 1998 to 2002.
The Good Morning Britain host has spoken candidly about her sex life and says it’s better in her 50s than it was in her 20s.
She also revealed to the Mail’s You Magazine that she keeps things interesting by “making him a little bit jealous every now and again”.
WHO IS DEREK DRAPER?
Derek Draper, 53, is a PR and former political adviser from Chorley, Lancashire.
He was a political aide to former Labour cabinet minister Peter Mandelson, and was at the centre of the scandal known as “Lobbygate” in 1998.
Following this, he retrained as a psychotherapist and spent three years in California obtaining his degree.
In the late 90s, he worked as the Political Editor of the Modern Review, was briefly a columnist for the Daily Express and presented on TalkRADIO UK.
In 2009 he became the founder and editor of the blog LabourList.
But he stepped down as editor after another scandal involving leaked emails.
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