The GMB Gift Kate Garraway exposed her husband’s struggle for survival in a devastating documentary about his fight against the coronavirus.
The 53-year-old was hospitalized in late March 2020 after symptoms of the virus.
Now, a year later, he is still in the hospital and the footage she took at the start of his treatment has become a devastating diary of the fight against Covid-19, a pandemic that kills more than 126,000 people In the world, Britain suffered last year.
At the beginning of the documentary, Garraway says that Draper, who has been in a coma for several months, is “the sickest person the medical team has treated and lived”.
But in Kate Garraway’s Finding Derek, which aired on ITV tonight (Tuesday) at 9 p.m., viewers see the strength of the woman they knew best from breakfast TV.
The intimate and deeply personal footage shows Garraway and their learned children – Darcey, 15, and Billy, 11 – not just dealing with a parent who is away from home, but is stuck in the hospital for months without knowing what happened happen.
Over the course of a year, Draper, a former political lobbyist in the late 1990s, was in a coma with kidney failure, liver and pancreas damage.
He also has holes in his lungs from pneumonia, has lost eight stones, and remains in a persistent disorder of consciousness.
The audience heard Derek say, “Kate, there is no way out. There is no way out.
“I’ve got to a point where I just think about it.”
“Like dying?” Asks Kate and he replies, “Yes … I don’t know how to deal with it, I don’t know how to deal with it.”
She says to him, “You don’t know how to deal with it. OK. Now you feel like you’re trapped in your head and it’s terrifying.
“But you come home, you come back into your life and you will be the person, even better than before. You will be.
“I’ll find a way to do better. I promised you that I would save you and I will save you, I will find a way, but you just have to stick with it.”
For the remainder of the program, Kate admits that thousands of other families have gone through similar problems and meets those affected by Covid-19 from community nurse Orli, who is still experiencing life-changing symptoms from Long-Covid after a year, and Julie, her husband Steve did not regain consciousness after contracting the disease.
- Meet Kate Garraway, who Derek finds on ITV Player