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Kate Garraway issues sad update as husband Derek is back in hospital

Ella Scott

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Kate Garraway issues sad update as husband Derek is back in hospital

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Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway has issued another heartbreaking update on her husband Derek Draper’s health.

Due to contracting Coronavirus in March 2020, former political lobbyist Derek, 56, has since faced a series of serious health challenges.

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As well as previously being put into a medically-induced coma, the father-of-one has been readmitted to hospital on multiple occasions for the likes of kidney failure, brain inflammation and liver damage.

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He had previously spent over a year on hospital wards but now receives around-the-clock care on the ground floor of the couple’s London home.

Kate, also 56, has kept fans updated on her husband’s health throughout the ordeal and has recently revealed that he is temporarily back in hospital.

Appearing on Loose Women on Thursday (23 November) to discuss Carer’s Rights Day, the ITV star announced: "He's actually back in the hospital at the moment.

“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.”

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Kate appeared on Loose Women to discuss her husband's health. Credit: Instagram/@loosewomen
Kate appeared on Loose Women to discuss her husband's health. Credit: Instagram/@loosewomen

She added that he had been remitted due to something which had began ‘last year’ which he needed the ‘second part of’.

One sorted, Kate said that her partner should have ‘more movement’.

“So it's a positive hospital thing. So he's actually not at home at the moment."

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Later on the lunchtime staple, the 56-year-old said that she feels ‘incredibly fortunate’ that Derek is still fighting whilst touching on her new book, The Strength of Love.

"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,” she explained.

The GMB presenter admitted that she and her family 'grieve'. Credit: ITV
The GMB presenter admitted that she and her family 'grieve'. Credit: ITV

“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.

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“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.”

In September, the GMB host detailed the impact that long-Covid was having on the former Labour lobbyist and explained that he needed to undergo something called ‘respiratory rehabilitation’.

As per the National Institutes of Health, the rehab is a supervised medical programme which helps to teach exercises and various breathing techniques.

Derek contracted Covid in 2020 and has been suffering with his health since. Credit: Instagram/@kategarraway
Derek contracted Covid in 2020 and has been suffering with his health since. Credit: Instagram/@kategarraway
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In an interview with the Sunday Times, Kate said that Derek had developed a ‘weird choking’ condition during a carer handover.

"It happened again just last weekend," she said at the time. "For absolutely no reason he just went blue.”

She went on to say that he ‘sort of vomited’ after the incident and that she knew they had ‘a really near miss’.

If you’ve been affected by coronavirus and want up to date advice, visit the Gov.uk help page here. If you need medical help call NHS 111 or visit online

Topics: Celebrity, ITV, Loose Women, Kate Garraway, Health, Covid-19, Coronavirus, Good Morning Britain

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