The One Show: Kate Garraway discusses kindness from neighbour
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Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper was admitted to hospital a year ago and has remained in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after being diagnosed with Covid-19. The Good Morning Britain star revealed that her partner has continued to slip in and out of consciousness.
The 53-year-old has since addressed a heartwarming moment from her neighbour following an act of kindness.
Speaking on The One Show, Kate explained: “The road where I live… just opposite, just a bit further up the road there was a woman who I waved at.
“And as soon as it became public knowledge that Derek was in a coma that he couldn’t come out of.
“She just appeared from nowhere with a massive red velvet cake and just said, ‘Listen my husband twenty years was in a car crash and he was in a coma for a long time. You can get through this and I just want you to know that we’re all thinking of you.
Kate continued: “And she’s come every Saturday for the last seven months with a cake.
“It’s just such a lovely thing. It’s things that you can do that just make you feel connected, that’s what’s wonderful thing about kindness, it makes us all feel connected.”
Kate, who shares daughter Darcey, 15, and son William, 11, with husband Derek, also gave viewers an update on his condition.
The GMB host said his health worsened ‘dramatically’ over Christmas after various complications following his recovery from the virus.
Kate admitted her other half is “trapped in the middle ground” as he is sometimes able to communicate with her before slipping out of consciousness.
Speaking about his condition, the GMB star commented: “Derek is an extreme case – what he had is what’s called a ‘prolonged disorder of consciousness’.
“Which means there is some reaction – it’s not like the coma we see in movies where people live in a vegetative state.”
She added: “He can open his eyes. Before Christmas there was a lot of progress in terms of words and communication and things.
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“It feels you are having to fill him with so much positivity because he’s going to sink down.”
Kate also opened up about her new ITV documentary Finding Derek which will share an insight into his struggles and how the presenter has been coping with his absence.
“What you’ll see in the documentary is some of the better moments (even though they are heartbreaking I’m afraid) where he comes up and then you see what must be agony for him,” Kate remarked.
“Because he is somebody who both in his time before I knew him when he was in politics and since and all the work he’s done in mental health because that’s his thing now… his brain has always been his best friend.”
She continued: “He has lived on his wits and suddenly his brain, which also as we know controls the body, is no longer his friend and he’s fighting to get out.
“It is very, very tough. But I think if it’s tough for me, it must be even tougher for him.”
Her forthcoming documentary, Kate Garraway: Finding Derek which is on ITV on March 23.
The One Show airs weekdays on BBC One at 7pm.
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