Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper has gone home after being in hospital for more than a year battling coronavirus.
Derek has been taken off all machines in hospital and has gone home to his family, according to an exclusive in The Sun.
While he’s left hospital, the 53-year-old will still need care around the clock at the family’s adapted home in North London.
His family have been told there’s still a difficult road ahead as Derek makes a recovery.
But in spite of the challenges, Kate, along with their two children, 15-year-old Darcey and 11-year-old Billy, are over-the-moon for Derek to be home.
A family friend told The Sun: “The children, who have been so remarkably resilient, have been so, so happy to have their dad home.
“There have been a lot of happy tears from everyone.”
Derek was driven home to his family on Wednesday in an ambulance.
A former political spin doctor then psychologist, Derek was admitted to hospital on March 30, 2020, because he was having breathing difficulties.
It has been confirmed that Derek is Britain’s longest-surviving Covid patient.
As his condition worsened, the former Labour aide was put into a medically induced coma and has remained in hospital ever since after his body was ‘ravaged’ by the virus.
Kate, 53, and the children haven’t seen Derek since Christmas because of lockdown restrictions but in Finding Derek, Kate has shared candid moments between her and Derek, including FaceTime calls with him from his hospital bed.
In a recent ITV documentary, Finding Derek, brave Kate showed a video on her phone of her beloved husband.
After waking from his coma, Kate was heartbroken during a call when her husband mouthed the word “pain” while speaking to nurses.
Kate admitted she did not react at the time in a moving new clip from her ITV documentary, Kate Garraway: Finding Derek, but after the call she “burst into tears”.
In the footage filmed last year for Kate, a nurse asks Derek if he’s okay and he responds: “Pain.”
As he’s asked to show the nurse where the pain is, he is unable to, leaving Kate understandably distressed.
Kate also described her husband as the “cleverest man” she had ever met as she faced the question of whether the man she had married 16 years ago would ever return.