Kate Garraway converts home for husband Derek’s return from hospital – but is unsure when that will be

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Kate Garraway has revealed she has converted her home so it is ready for when her husband Derek Draper can return home from hospital.

Good Morning Britain star Kate, 53, has transformed the ground floor of her London home so Derek, 53, can use it when he returns home from hospital.

Kate has made her home wheelchair accessible and has added a hospital bed in the lounge, which will become Derek’s new bedroom.

TV star Kate will show the adjustments she has made to her home in the upcoming documentary, Finding Derek, which will explore Derek and Kate’s turmoil after he was hospitalised with coronavirus.

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The changes were made to the family’s home last year in the hope he could visit, but then the country was plunged into another lockdown.

Derek, who has no muscle left and has lost eight stone, has fought coronavirus but is still in hospital as he continues to battle the complications from the deadly bug.

He has been left with kidney failure, damage to his liver and pancreas, as well as heart failure after beating the virus.

Kate has been unable to visit Derek since Christmas due to the national lockdown. Meanwhile, Derek has remained in hospital and his condition has not improved so a home visit won’t happen soon.

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Kate 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.”

Derek has now been in hospital for a year as he was taken in at the beginning of the first lockdown in March.


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Kate, who recently shared the distressing phone call from her husband, has continued to support Derek as he remains in hospital, while she has also continued to work as a presenter on GMB.

Meanwhile, Kate has said she and he husband will fall in love again. As she discussed the impact of his Covid battle in the documentary, she confessed: “He is still that person that you love, but he will behave differently and he will be physically different.

“It will be very tough for us both. But he is Derek, for better or for worse.

“It may be a rather beautiful thing, I’m trying to look at as a rather beautiful thing.

“I feel as though we might have to sort of fall in love again.”

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