Kate Garraway’s heartbreak after sick husband Derek is forced to miss special trip

Kate Garraway revealed that her husband, Derek Draper, was forced to pull out of a special family trip due to his continued ill health.

The Good Morning Britain anchor, who earlier detailed the financial impact of her husband's health, found herself in an impossible situation in 2020 when Derek contracted covid.

The author was then put into a coma by medical professionals and has since been in and out of the hospital with various health battles, including sepsis.

Kate, 55, has always been incredibly candid about her husband’s health and the knock-on effect it’s had on the rest of the family.

Kate sat down with I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here’s Giovanna Fletcher on the Walt Disney Travel Company’s new star-studded podcast, Journey to the Magic.

The show previously hosted celebrities like Tom Fletcher, Ronan Keating, Alesha Dixon, and Alison Hammond, with Kate’s full episode available on March 15.

Updating fans on Derek’s progress, Kate admitted that it’s really challenging because he is “still very, very damaged.”

“He still can't really move, still can't really speak, still fed through tubes, and so there's a long road ahead,” she added. “But if you compare to last Christmas or the Christmas before, when he was still in hospital then you can see improvement.”

Before the pandemic, Disney Paris was the last holiday Kate, Derek and their kids, Billy, 13, and Darcey, 17, went on.

She recalled going into a shop on the trip and finding it shocking that France was taking the pandemic so seriously when compared to the UK.

The family had intended to venture back to the popular tourist destination this year, but unfortunately, “on the morning [of the trip] he couldn't come.”

Kate and the kids still went on the trip and were joined by her friend Vicky.

Last month, Kate shared a rare picture of her husband from 2021, who could be seen in bed as he was seen to by a carer called Jake.

The post received a massive amount of attention, amassing over 130k likes, as Kate explained in the comments: “Many of you will remember Jake who cared for Derek when he first came out of hospital in April 21 – from the documentary #caringforderek , so you will know what a wonderful healthcare professional he is.

“But have just found out he’s also an amazing musician – under the name @sencymiller.x – He’s just released a song called #okukuseku (check it out in his bio) – which no surprise is full of love & inspiration to keep going & never give up.

“The world of carers never fails to surprise me with their depths of talent , thoughtfulness and motivation.”


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