Kate Garraway shares moment her Covid-stricken husband remembered her 54th birthday

Kate Garraway holds back tears as she gives update on Derek

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Derek Draper, who is finally back at home after a year-long stay in hospital, is fighting back to health including battling memory loss. Kate said: “At the moment the family and I are looking for lots of little things with Derek. He’s home, we can hug him, that’s a miracle in itself. We’re looking for little bits of him to come more out of the consciousness.

“Last night, when I was tucking him in, I said, ‘By the way, it’s my birthday tomorrow,’ and he looked a bit worried. I said, ‘Don’t worry I’m not expecting anything, my birthday present is you being home and I’m going to pop in and see you before I go off early.”

Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine show she added: “So I came in this morning and said, ‘Right, I’m all ready, is there anything you want to say to me?’ And he said, ‘Oh, happy birthday.’ It makes me feel a bit emotional actually. That is massive. Signs like that are just fantastic.” 

Derek, 53, was reunited with Good Morning Britain host and Smooth Radio presenter Kate and their children Darcey, 14, and Billy, 11, after a harrowing year in which they prepared for his death.

A former political adviser, Mr Draper was admitted to hospital last March and placed in intensive care. In October he was able to mumble the word “pain” – the first time he had spoken.

Kate praised the kindness of strangers and NHS heroes, saying: “There is still so much real hope out there. One of the nurses texted me and said, ‘Oh my goodness, I’ve just heard Derek speak for the first time.’

“I said, ‘Oh my God, what did he say?’ He said, ‘Bill, you smell of Monster Munch.’ It’s not quite the profound thing you hope but it shows us he can smell. Every little thing is like little jigsaws to make a normal picture of the future.”

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