Kate Garraway describes 'very lonely and difficult time'

Kate Garraway describes 'very lonely and difficult time'

09/10/2023

Kate Garraway describes ‘very lonely and difficult time’ caring for husband Derek Draper after he fell seriously ill with Covid-19

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Kate Garraway has described the ‘very lonely and difficult time’ she has experienced while caring for her husband Derek Draper, who fell seriously ill with Covid in 2020.

The former political adviser, 56, fell seriously ill with coronavirus at the very start of the pandemic in March 2020, and was left with lasting damage to his organs.

Good Morning Britain presenter Kate has now opened up about the realities of life caring for her husband on a daily basis, describing his care as ‘a privilege’.

She told The Sunday Times that she only sleeps for around four hours most nights, and has not taken a day off caring for Derek since he fell ill. 

The presenter said: ‘Caring for someone you love is a privilege, and I will never give up, but I want to champion the cause that everyone in my position faces because I know people are drowning trying to navigate through the care system.

Kate Garraway has described the ‘very lonely and difficult time’ she has experienced while caring for her husband Derek Draper, who fell seriously ill with Covid in 2020

‘We talk about a crisis but it is beyond crisis. 

‘It is very lonely and very difficult, and I at least do have that voice.’

Kate has made two documentaries detailing her life as Derek battles the long-term effects of Covid-19, with both winning National Television Awards in the authored documentary category.

She was recognised with an MBE in the 2022 New Year Honours for her services to broadcasting, journalism and charity.

Kate said: “I worry that I’m failing on every front, at everything. But I’ve got to keep going and fight on for Derek.”

She also revealed that, on the day of a Good Morning Britain episode last November, she had to go to hospital with chest pain.

The mother said: ‘When I went back, they (the doctors) said “Ye-ah, we don’t think you’re strong enough to do stressor tests”… funnily enough… I mean, oh my God, we’ve had enough stressor tests.’

The former political adviser, 56, fell seriously ill with coronavirus at the very start of the pandemic in March 2020, and was left with lasting damage to his organs

Good Morning Britain presenter Kate has now opened up about the realities of life caring for her husband on a daily basis, describing his care as ‘a privilege’

She also said Derek has developed a ‘weird choking’ and his inability to breathe out carbon dioxide or breathe in oxygen ‘is slightly poisoning his body all the time’.

The presenter said her husband becomes ‘very emotional about the strain this has put on me’ but having an illness can ‘strip you of your empathy’.

Kate also said she has never had a ‘period where we could say “Well, at least he’s safe now”.’

The couple were invited to be Sir Elton John’s guests of honour at his Farewell Yellow Brick Road concert at London’s O2 Arena in April.

Her husband was also at her side in June, despite being in and out of hospital, when she collected her MBE from the Prince of Wales in an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle.

Kate also said her “children’s lives are passing, my life is passing” and it is “no longer possible to live in crisis mode”.

She added: ‘If he was more physically stable, if we knew more about the parameters, if we knew how much of the old Derek can be retrieved, I’d be able to reason more.’

She told The Sunday Times that she only sleeps for around four hours most nights, and has not taken a day off caring for Derek since he fell ill

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