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Kate Garraway Reveals Husband Derek Had Health Scare Over Christmas

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Kate Garraway Reveals Husband Derek Had Health Scare Over Christmas

Kate Garraway has revealed her husband Derek Draper had a health scare over Christmas.

Kate, 54, took to Instagram to explain the last few days had been 'bumpy', after a 'scare' meant Derek might have had to go back to hospital for Christmas Day.

Kate posted the photo on Instagram (Credit: Kate Garraway/Instagram)
Kate posted the photo on Instagram (Credit: Kate Garraway/Instagram)

Kate wrote: "So the last 24 hours has been bumpy - a scare that meant Derek might have had to go back into hospital ( thankfully sorted by a visit from nurse/carer), he has also had one of his ultra fatigue days so has been too weak to do much other than sleep.

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"I burnt the parsnips ( Darceys favourite ) & got the 'wrong' Lego for Billy. But now snuggled up around Dad’s bed watching #nativity everything feels suddenly perfect.

"Feel so grateful to have the chance to be together. Sending love & hoping you have found some joy today whatever your circumstances - #merrychristmas all!"

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Just a few days earlier, Derek was seen on his first outing since his covid battle - which started in March 2020.

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The family were seen on their way to watch Cinderella at Richmond Theatre in West London. Derek could be seen being pushed by Kate, and even gave cameras a smile in the heartwarming photos.

Last Christmas, Derek was still in hospital, and was therefore unable to be at home for the festive period. Speaking last week, Kate described having Derek home for Christmas as "the greatest gift".

"Last Christmas Eve, we did have a lot of promise and a lot of hope. But Derek was in hospital," she said.

"We had no idea whether he was going to live or die, praying that it was going in the right direction.

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"A huge amount of gratitude for all the staff, the NHS teams that have kept him alive, and grateful that he was still alive as many other people have lost their life.

"And this year, of course, he's home so we are spending Christmas together, and that is the biggest gift."

Kate said having Derek home is 'the greatest gift' (Credit: Alamy)
Kate said having Derek home is 'the greatest gift' (Credit: Alamy)

Derek contracted covid in March 2020 and was left in a critical state in hospital for over a year. The disease left him with kidney failure, damage to his liver and pancreas and heart failure.

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In March this year, Kate documented Derek's battle in ITV documentary Finding Derek - which she won a National Television Award for.

“Thank you so much for voting. I wonder if the reason you did because our story is your story," Kate said, when she received her award.

“We’ve all been touched by the pandemic. Whether it’s livelihood, mental health, all the other extraordinary documentaries which have been highlighted and nominated tonight, they have also been affected by the pandemic.”

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: Celebrity, Health, Covid-19

Lucy Devine
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