Kate Garraway doesn’t know if husband Derek ‘will have any kind of life again’

Kate Garraway "doesn't know if Derek Draper will have any kind of life again" after his devastating coronavirus battle.

Former lobbyist Derek, 53, is still fighting for his life after being admitted to hospital at the start of the first lockdown in March 2020 with coronavirus.

Good Morning Britain presenter Kate, 53, has said that Derek had been improving at the end of last year but has digressed since new restrictions began in December.

Speaking to The Sunday Times, she said: "The very worst moment was when they said he could be locked in forever. And I just thought this is a horror story.

"I don't know if he'll ever have any kind of life again. We just don't know. The change in his body is shocking."

Derek is now free from coronavirus, but has been left with several drastic complications after Covid-19 wreaked havoc on his internal organs.

His kidneys failed, he suffered damage to his liver and pancreas, his heart stopped multiple times and he was left with holes in his heart.

Derek has also been left with holes in his lungs after suffering multiple bacterial infections.

The author has been in the hospital for a year after contracting the virus and he was put into an induced coma at the time.

After doctors tried to bring him out of the coma, Derek had limited consciousness, but his recovery was stunted after not being able to see his family.

Kate revealed that doctors had told her it is "highly unlikely" that Derek would make a good recovery, but they said he could make a "reasonable recovery".

At the end of last year, he was able to breathe naturally, only requiring assistance at night.

He was also able to swallow his own saliva while being fed through a tube in his stomach, and able to hold a hairbrush and push his glasses back up his nose.

Kate had renovated their home to instal ramps and wheelchair access, but says Derek's condition worsened after the latest lockdown.

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