Kate Garraway returns to TV with an update on husband Derek Draper

We’re very happy to see TV personality Kate Garraway back on our screens.

The 53-year-old presenter has returned to Good Morning Britain after a two-week absence, saying she’s been unwell and needed time off to recover following a ‘long year’.

On Thursday’s edition of the show with co-host Ben Shephard, Kate said: ‘I’ve taken some time off; very kindly ITV have given me some time off. I hadn’t been feeling very well. I think it might have been one of those things where chickens had come home to roost after a long year that we’ve all had, haven’t we?

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‘I took some holiday leave, at home because I know holidays are controversial, literally within the four walls of my home. I had a lot of sleep and a bit of medicine and feeling much better.’

Kate’s husband Derek Draper, 53, has been in hospital with coronavirus since March 2020 and in September, became the longest hospitalised patient battling the virus in Britain. While Derek no longer has COVID, the virus has left him with serious health conditions, including diabetes and holes in his heart and lungs.

When asked about Derek’s progress, Kate responded that she’s been unable to visit her husband since Christmas, because of the surge in UK infections resulting in new restrictions on the ward where he’s recovering.

Kate Garraway and her husband Derek
Kate and Derek had planned to renew their marriage vows. Image: James Gourley/ITV/REX/Shutters​tock

‘I haven’t seen him Ben, I haven’t seen him since Christmas,’ Kate said. ‘He’s back into a situation of looking at strangers in masks. And, you know, that’s the situation for everybody who has someone in hospital, it’s not new to him.

‘It’s tough, it’s also the same for people in care homes. And when you are someone like him, who is, know you, dealing with unconsciousness problem, trying to emerge… I can’t help but fear that it’s not helpful.’

Kate added: ‘That’s very tough and there is no end in sight to that. That’s a really tough thing we’ve got.’

Last month, Kate revealed that she’s written a book, entitled The Promise Of Hope, about her husband’s ongoing battle with the deadly virus.