Kate Garraway shares 'amazing' moment husband Derek spoke to her

Kate Garraway has faced a difficult 12 months as her husband Derek Draper spent most of the year in hospital, after contracting coronavirus.

Despite no longer testing positive for the virus, it has left lasting damage to his body but now, after spending a few weeks back home, Kate has now shared a positive update on his progress.

Kate said she has embraced the “little things” after her husband Derek Draper moved home earlier this month and is questioning if his progress could be because he is back home with her.

Speaking on the breakfast show on Thursday, Kate told viewers of a conversation she had with her husband which she described as “amazing”.

Derek’s conversations are limited due to his time in a coma affecting his speech, with him only saying words.

But Kate talked of an “emotional” connection and a familiarity, when Derek asked her if she was wearing a new dress recently.

She explained to her co-stars: “It’s been wonderful having Derek home and there are lots of little positives I think.

Kate revealed Derek spoke to her recently in a moment that she thought was "amazing"
Kate revealed Derek spoke to her recently in a moment that she thought was “amazing”

“Whether those are positives because it’s genuinely helping him cognition being home or because I’m there to see the little things, whereas I couldn’t go in before and we had to FaceTime and stuff, I don’t know but it feels positive.

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“There are little moments of reaction, and he actually said something the other day. I walked in and he said, ‘new dress?’ which was just amazing.

All the changes Kate Garraway has made to her house for husband Derek's return
Kate had a lift installed in her home in order to help Derek move around in a wheelchair

“I thought it was amazing on so many levels because he recognised it, and he remembered I needed a lot of flattery.”

She went on to say there was an “emotional connection” and talked of the “basis” of their relationship, before revealing that the moment was followed by “nothing” and they went back to an “in-between”.

Asked if she believed Derek was benefiting from being at home, Kate added: “I hope so,” before saying: “So far so good but I don’t want to tempt fate.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.


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