Kate Garraway reflects on Derek’s treatment during pandemic
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Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway, 54, has shared her worries over news she received from her husband Derek Draper’s neurologist amid his health battle after contracting coronavirus in March last year. It comes after the mum-of-two faced a year of heartache when her partner was left fighting for his life due to the deadly virus.
Kate revealed she was told that if Derek has not improved two years on from getting Covid, “there is very little chance of him making any meaningful recovery”.
The journalist said Derek’s neurologist, who she refers to as Dr W, told her that he “had never seen anything like this before so can’t personally chart the recovery”.
In her new book, The Power Of Hope, Kate shared that she was left reeling after she pressed Dr W on his comments.
She divulged in extracts obtained by the Daily Star: “I had already waited so long. ‘How long before you know more? Not how long will it take for him to recover, because you don’t know if he can even recover, but how long before you might know more?’
“It was a confusing question, but I knew what I meant and he seemed to as well.”
The star added: “After another long pause, he looked straight at me, then away. ‘Well, Kate’ – the first time he had used my name – ‘I think it’s fair to say if he is still like this after two years we will know there is very little chance of him making any meaningful recovery.’
“’TWO YEARS!’ I screamed inside my head.
“Up until now I had been living by the minute, hours on the phone monitoring infection levels and statistics, trying to get a handle on where Derek was, wondering every time I went to sleep if he would still be alive in the morning.
“How could I go on like this for another two years? Worse still, how could Derek be trapped like this for two years?
“The timescale winded me and I’m sure I must have slumped a bit in the chair.”
Following her period of shock, Kate said an intensive-care specialist stepped in to give her further details on the challenges ahead for the couple and their family.
He said Derek had moved from the acute phase to the chronic phase, explaining that “the long, slow recovery is sometimes just as hard to bear”.
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The doctor informed Kate: “Derek is still very sick, at serious risk of dying. But even if he can live, and begin to recover from the huge damage Covid has wreaked throughout his body, it’s not going to be quick.
“Progress is now going to be measured not in minutes, hours or days but in weeks, months and years.
“And you are going to have to bear that journey never knowing if he might ever be the person he was before, knowing he might never truly come back to you. You just have to give us time and be strong.”
Kate recalled: “I sensed they were trying to wrap things up. But I couldn’t take in what they were saying.
“I wanted space to take it in. I didn’t want to wrap up on this level of bleakness.”
Derek contracted COVID-19 in March 2020 and was placed into an induced coma.
The virus left him with clots in his lungs, holes in his heart, and diabetes.
He remained in hospital for over a year due to the severity of his symptoms, but is now continuing his treatment at home.
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