Kate Garraway confirms husband Derek is back in hospital in latest health update

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24 Nov 2023, 10:22

Good Morning Britain’s Kate Garraway has shared a new update on the health of her husband Derek Draper. 

Derek suffered serious complications after getting coronavirus in 2020, and has since needed round-the-clock care as he continues to recover. 

While on Loose Women on Thursday (24th November) the TV host gave some insight into how Derek is doing, and praised the hard work of carers to mark Carer’s Rights Day. 

Confirming her husband was back in hospital, Kate explained: “He’s actually back in the hospital at the moment, I haven’t talked about this, but not the horrific drama fortunately, because there have been lots of referrals and cancellations.

“He’s gone back in for something that began last year that he needed the second part of,” she continued. 

The I’m A Celebrity alum then shared that the move back to hospital was a “positive thing” and that she hopes Derek “won’t be in for too long.”

Kate has been incredibly candid about Derek’s health struggles since his coronavirus diagnosis. 

It’s been a tumultuous journey to get Derek back to good health, as back in October, Kate revealed that her husband had fought “a nasty infection” which “set him back a bit”

Derek’s 13-month-long hospital battle with Covid-19 led to him being put in a medically induced coma and needing a ventilator. 

As Kate has opened up about in the past, her husband’s illness caused long term damage to his organs, and has led to him needing 24/7 care at home.

Derek has also had to learn to talk again, and now requires a wheelchair to move around. Taking care of Derek has also caused strain for Kate’s own health.

Speaking with The Sunday Times in early September, Kate said of her husband: “I know I’m very lucky to have him alive. But yes, I’m also grieving. And also I don’t feel physically that strong.

“Caring isn’t just emotionally draining but physically exhausting,” she continued. “And I’m aware of the toll it can take on me, just like missions of other carers.”