Shock as TV presenter Kate Garraway’s husband back in ICU fighting for his life

Shock as TV presenter Kate Garraway's husband back in ICU fighting for his life

Derek Draper hugging his son in Spring 2021. Image: Kate Garraway/Twitter

Derek Draper became the longest-suffering COVID patient in the UK, after spending 13 months in hospital in March 2020.

Although Derek no longer has the virus, he has long-lasting damage to his organs and requires daily care.

The virus also affected Mr Draper’s ability to communicate, and he can be bed-bound for days.

Kate Garraway updated her Twitter fans on Sunday, July 31, about Derek’s condition in a post that read: “Thank you so so much for all your messages of support – they really do mean the world. I’ve been off Good Morning Britain.”

“As Derek’s health took an unexpected & frightening turn for the worse that landed him back in intensive care & fighting for his life – again.”

The follow-up Tweet was a very positive step in the right direction. Kate posted: “Thanks to the extraordinary NHS teams & his own amazing life force & spirit Derek please 🙏 god is back on the right side of it now and I’m so looking forward to seeing you all back on GMB from 6 a.m tomorrow & Smooth Radio hopefully celebrating a Lionesses World Cup win.”

One fan responded: “That’s good news indeed! We do have an amazing NHS. They deserve so much more than this govt & previous administrations have given them. Praying for Derek’s steady progress 🙏 Stay well & strong yourself – don’t forget to take care of your needs too 🤗x”

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