KATE Garraway broke down in tears as her husband Derek Draper spoke for the first after coming out of a coma.
In heartbreaking scenes, which aired tonight on Finding Derek, the Good Morning Britain presenter revealed how emotional it was to see such progress after 214 days in hospital.
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Kate shared a video of herself filming her husband during a rehab session and captured the extraordinary moment.
When the doctor asked if the movement was ok, he said: “Pain”.
Speaking about the moment afterwards, Kate said: “So that is the first time I saw him mouth a word and he mouths pain, I saw it really clearly and I said ‘pain, pain’.
“And they just said ‘ok pain’ and didn’t particularly react, so I didn’t particularly react, but then afterwards we all burst into tears. It was the first time we had seen him mouth the words.”
Unable to fight back tears, the mum-of-two said: “It makes me cry because that is a massive breakthrough- the fact his brain can communicate to his mouth to shape the word pain.
“So obviously, while it’s awful he’s feeling pain and it’s awful that is the word he can reach for because it makes you think that is the dominating experience he is having at the moment, which is not what you want.
“But the fact that he was able to do it, shows that there are connections that are coming back. That is the important thing.”
She added: “And Darcey said to me ‘what happens if dad comes home and doesn’t change from this and is just sat in the corner mouthing pain’.”
Derek has been in intensive care for a year after battling coronavirus which has ravaged his body, causing his liver, kidneys and heart to fail.
Kate has been documenting the journey and tonight viewers have seen an inside into her family’s struggle.
Son Billy said: “Dad usually does Lego with me the most but since dad is not here, I have started to do it by myself.”
When asked if he was like a big kid, the youngster replied: “Yeah, he kind of is.”
He added: “I really want him back but we don’t know if he is going to get better or not.”
His sister Darcey, 14, admitted she is scared they are going to lose him and that they had initially hoped he would be home in time for Christmas.
Asked if it was scary seeing her dad hooked up in hospital, she explained: “It’s not really scary in the way that he looks scary, it’s just scary in the way of thinking we might lose him.”
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