Kate Garraway’s husband Derek ‘returns home’ after over a year in hospital battling Covid

Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper, 53, is reportedly finally back home after more than a year in hospital battling long Covid. It has been said Derek has been taken off all machines, but will be cared for at the family’s property in North London.

A friend said: “Kate’s dreamt of this day for so long, and can’t thank wonderful NHS staff enough.”

Despite the breakthrough, the Good Morning Britain host’s family has been warned that Derek still faces a “long and gruelling” health battle.

Although Derek reportedly has a long way to go due to his condition, Kate, 53, daughter Darcey, 15, and son Billy, 11, are “thrilled” that doctors have given him the go ahead to leave intensive care.

The family friend said: “The children, who have been so remarkably resilient, have been so, so happy to have their dad home.

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He will have round-the-clock care at his family home, after COVID-19 “universally affected” his body, meaning his lungs, heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas had all been impacted by the virus.

The friend added to the publication: “The professional medical teams who have been looking after Derek have decided to release him from hospital into 24-hour care at home.

“They noticed that his cognition and consciousness had stalled and, if anything, was going backwards over the last couple of months.

“Even though the doctors and nurses have done an incredible job, necessary Covid restrictions have meant visits from Kate and access to wider therapy have been very limited.

“Derek is a unique case. The medical experts are now looking at unique ways to give Derek every chance of making the best recovery, and agree that being surrounded by his wife Kate and their two children, is vital to reaching that goal.”

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