Kate Garraway says husband Derek ‘has no muscle left’ after he lost eight stone during covid battle
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Kate Garraway has opened up on how her husband Derek Draper has been “physically changed” after losing eight stone during his year-long hospital stay.
Good Morning Britain star Kate, 53, previously revealed that Derek has lost eight stone in just six months following his coronavirus battle.
Derek has beaten Covid-19 but remains in hospital as he battles complications from the deadly virus.
A year on from when Derek was first admitted to hospital, Kate has opened up on her husband’s harrowing health battle in a touching documentary, Finding Derek.
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Ahead of the documentary release Kate, who recently revealed a distressing phone call she received from her husband, has opened up on how Derek has physically changed.
Kate has told the Mirror: “He has changed. Derek is physically very affected. His legs are like sticks, he has no muscle left. In terms of his movement, he’s physically affected.”
The GMB star, who shared a heartbreaking first photo of Derek since his hospitalisation, has been unable to see Derek in person since Christmas due to the lockdown restrictions.
Kate has been communicating with him via FaceTime calls, as Derek has an iPad in hospital.
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She explained: “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.
“It felt like we were moving forward at Christmas, now it feels like we’ve slipped back.
“And I’ve felt like I’m sort of hanging over the side of a ship, trying to hold onto him, so that when he kind of bobs up from this ocean of unconsciousness, you can see him sort of click in and you don’t know whether it’s because he can suddenly find a way to get out.
“But he comes up and you feel you have filled him up with as much positivity as possible: ‘You’re going to be fine. You’re going to come home. It’s going to be okay’.
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“Even if you don’t really know if that’s true. But I just think ‘I just want him to know that so that when he disappears back down, he’s got some hope there’.”
Kate’s husband Derek was left with kidney failure, damage to his liver and pancreas as well as heart failure after beating the virus.
Derek was placed in an induced coma and has struggled to come out of it. Speaking about her husband’s health battle, Kate told The One Show: “Derek is an extreme case, so what he had was called a prolonged disorder of consciousness, which means there is some reaction, it's not like the coma that we see in movies where people are sort of lying in a vegetive state.
“He can open his eyes and, before Christmas, there was a lot of progress with some words and communication.
“But what I feel like is I'm on a sort of lifeboat and he's coming up and down, you're trying to hold on to him, and there'll be moments when he bubbles up and you have some contact, and it feels like you're having to fill him with so much positivity because he's going to sink back down.”
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