How is Kate Garraway's husband Derek Draper doing? | The Sun

How is Kate Garraway's husband Derek Draper doing? | The Sun

KATE Garraway has been keeping the public updated as to how husband Derek Draper is doing.

Derek was diagnosed covid in early 2020 and was left In a critical condition and has been fighting to overcome health problems ever since.

What is the latest on Kate Garraway's husband Derek Draper?

Derek Draper has been struggling to overcome health problems related to Covid for more than two years now.

Kate Garraway revealed in June 2023 that Derek is home and can communicate by whispering.

Appearing on Loose Women, Kate said: "Kate said: "It is very much a whisper and I don't think we are necessarily going to have a conversation but you get fantastic moments where he will suddenly…

"This is so silly but Billy had a new basketball and he was bouncing it and suddenly Derek asked 'Is that a new ball?'.

"We all just went 'Ah'… and Billy went 'Yes, yes it is, it is' and he [Derek] said 'It's nice'. Seeing him able is unbelievable, it is something you take for granted.

"But to have him be able to interact in that way and then Billy was in tears and they were hugging. It's things like that, that really lift you up and then the next day he was completely still."

Derek became the nation’s longest suffering patient after spending 13 months in hospital.

In February 2022, Kate revealed her husband Derek could die within three days if left unaided without expert care.

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In the documentary, Caring For Derek – a follow-up to Kate’s award-winning Finding Derek, viewers saw the toll put on the couple by the former spin doctor’s crippling illness. 

The star has helped nurse her husband back to health after the former Labour advisor finally returned home from hospital to his London home. 

It took months before Derek was able to tell his wife he "loves her" again. 

Viewers got a warts n’ all insight into the daily grind of looking after frail Derek. 

While he still requires 24 hour expert care, Kate continues to do a super-human amount of it herself.

Timeline of Derek Draper's coronavirus battle


  • March 30: Derek rushed to hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.
  • Mid April: Derek was admitted to intensive care four days later. He entered a coma as his condition deteriorated.
  • May 1: Kate shared that Derek is still unresponsive.
  • May 28: The GMB presenter said that Derek is still in a coma and under the care of the NHS but that she is hopeful.
  • May 31: Kate revealed she has been forced to find new ways to keep her kids strong as Derek remains critical.
  • June 2: Kate is urged to "have hope" as her fans send her uplifting stories.
  • June 5: Kate made an emotional appearance on GMB to tell viewers that her husband is "very very sick" but "Covid free", and that they are not sure if "he will recover".
  • June 6: Kate told The Sun that Derek may be locked in a coma forever after coronavirus "attacked everything".
  • June 7: Kate also revealed to The Sun that her son, Billy, sleeps beside his dad's empty bed while he is in a coronavirus coma.
  • June 14: Piers Morgan writes in his Daily Mail column that Kate doesn't know if Derek will ever come home.
  • July 5: Kate revealed that Derek has woken from the coma and is now opening his eyes.
  • July 8: Kate goes on GMB to talk about Derek being out of coma but how it is "a miracle he is still alive".
  • July 13: Kate returns to GMB.
  • July 14: Kate reveals she will be visiting Derek in hospital.
  • July 19: Kate revealed her heartache at Derek missing their son's birthday.
  • July 21: Kate revealed her husband heard her voice when nurses put GMB on for him. She also revealed that she would be visiting him for a second time.
  • July 22: Kate's Global radio colleague Roman Kemp revealed that her kids are going through a "tough time".
  • July 27: On GMB, Kate reveals she is "at her limit" after a car tyre blowout on the motorway. The terrifying blowout occurred when Kate was driving back to the hospital to visit Derek after taking their children on a trip to Kent.
  • July 28: Kate reveals Derek is stable but hasn't improved, but that she visited him in hospital a day earlier despite her car blowout.
  • July 29: Kate's Good Morning Britain colleague Alex Beresford said he has been "in awe" of her resilience.
  • August 3: Kate revealed Jeremy Kyle helped take her kids Billy and Darcey to stay with ill dad Derek’s parents.
  • August 4: Kate revealed how she wanted to donate her own blood to save Derek.
  • August 10: Kate revealed how she desperately wants Derek to wake up.
  • August 11: Kate said she will donate "liquid gold" plasma although it's too late for it to have an affect on Derek as he is no longer fighting coronavirus.
  • August 13: Kate wishes husband Derek "good morning" as she tells GMB viewers he’ll be watching in hospital.
  • August 17: Kate missed her slot on Good Morning Britain – though she was scheduled to have a day off.
  • August 19: Kate returns to GMB after taking a few days off. – she revealed she fought back tears at a "challenging" day being separated from Derek on his 53rd birthday.
  • August 20: Kate reveals she has received "abuse" about "laughing and joking" on Good Morning Britain while Derek remains in intensive care.
  • September 10: Kate revealed it's a "tough day" as it's their 15th Wedding Anniversary and she cannot visit Derek.
  • September 11: Kate revealed Derek was still unable to speak but she would be visiting him in hospital to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary.
  • September 25: Kate reveals it had been a "tough week" for Derek.
  • September 28: Kate's ITV breakfast colleague Lorraine Kelly rips into Covid protesters saying they need to see Kate's "hell’.
  • September 29: It was revealed how Derek's six-month Covid battle is now longest in the UK.
  • October 1: Kate said she is tempted to show Covid rule-breakers a picture of Derek and warned "you don’t want this in your life’".
  • October 30: Derek uttered his first word – "pain" after 214 days in hospital.
  • November 20: Kate says she feels "physically sick" about Christmas alone without Derek.
  • December 7: Kate reflected on her "missed moments" of 2020 as husband continues to battle coronavirus in hospital
  • December 17: Kate fights back tears as she thanks the nurses who ‘saved husband Derek’s life’ for the first time.


  • January 7, 2021: Kate reveals her kids saw sick husband Derek for the first time since March 2020 over Christmas, but lockdown means she's banned from seeing him again.
  • February 11, 2021: Kate returns to GMB and reveals her heartache after being unable to see Derek since Christmas and says there’s "no end in sight".
  • February 26, 2021: Dr Hilary reveals he has been supporting Kate.
  • March 20, 2021: Kate said her seriously-ill husband Derek's brain is "no longer his friend".
  • March 23. 2021: Kate's Finding Derek documentary airs and reveals the heartbreaking moment her husband woke up from his coma.
  • April 8, 2021: Derek set to return home where he will continue to receive round-the-clock care.
  • April 9, 2021: Derek is finally back in his family home in North London after over a year in hospital.
  • September 9, 2021: Kate was left in tears as she accepted an NTA gong for her documentary about Derek.
  • October 9, 2021: Kate claimed Derek is still sleeping 20 hours a day and is unable to communicate as he did before contracting Covid.
  • October 21, 2021: Kate revealed Prince Charles is the royal who extended a helping hand amid Derek's Covid battle during the Prince's Trust Awards at St James' Palace in London.


  • January 4, 2022: Kate says Derek is phenomenally fatigued and very weak, and they don’t know what the New Year will bring.
  • February 21, 2022: It was revealed Derek could die within three days if left alone.
  • February 22, 2022: Kate said she slept for the first time in TWO years after moving in with former GMTV co-star
  • July 6, 2022: Kate revealed at the Tric Awards that Derek was back in hospital.
  • July 20, 2022: Kate pulled out of GMB and Smooth FM to stay by Derek's side in hospital as his health took a turn.
  • August 1, 2022: Kate returned to GMB where she revealed Derek had rushed into hospital after contracting sepsis.


  • June 8, 2023: Kate appears on Loose Women and says Derek can communicate by whispering.

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