Kate Garraway reveals new health update on husband Derek and heartbreaking moment he had to miss Disney trip | The Sun
14th March 2023

KATE Garraway has opened up on husband Derek Draper's health three years after he was left fighting for his life from Covid.

The Good Morning Britain anchor, 55, spoke candidly about the "challenging" situation for the whole family, with the former political lobbyist remaining "very damaged" by the virus.

Derek, also 55, has since faced many health battles since contracting Covid in 2020, including sepsis.

She recently told how the father to her children is "trapped" in his body – and has since made a second trip to Mexico to seek specialist help.

Kate has now spoken to Giovanna Fletcher, 38, on Walt Disney Travel Company’s new star-studded podcast Journey to the Magic, with the full episode available tomorrow,

A sneak peek given to The Sun ahead of its full broadcast showcases Kate stating: "It is challenging, he's still very, very damaged. He still can't really move, still can't really speak, still fed through tubes, and so there's a long road ahead.

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“But if you compare to last Christmas or the Christmas before, when he was still in hospital then you can see improvement.

"It's just, you just want it to be quicker and faster, of course, like everybody would.

"But it's a challenging one – he spent most of last year in the hospital as well for various different things, so it was lovely to have him home."

For the family, Disneyland Paris has always been their special place.

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Kate told how the enchanting destination was the family's last holiday before the coronavirus pandemic.

The broadcaster and Derek share two children, Billy, 13, and Darcey, 17.

Recalling their last trip overseas before Derek's illness, she confessed: "We went to Disneyland Paris, and I remember as we headed back to get on the train under the tunnel we went into a pharmacy to get some paracetamol or something and everywhere in French it said ‘no masks all sold out’.

"I remember Derek and I saying to each other, ‘God they’re taking it really seriously over here’ and then we came back and it was literally about two or three weeks later Derek got sick and so it was the last thing we did together."

In a bittersweet moment, Kate admitted the family had planned to return together soon – but a setback in Derek's recovery forced him to miss the trip.

She told how the family of four had planned a return trip this year.

Kate told Giovanna: "We have just got back to Disneyland Paris.

"So, it was our big goal to go back there with Derek, unfortunately, on the morning [of the trip] he couldn't come.

"But we went back there with the kids and I was lucky enough to go with my best friend Vicky and it was just an amazing thing, so it’s a special place."

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Kate's visit followed another overseas trip to Mexico for a "potentially life-saving trial" for Derek.

The podcast is available across all providers as well as the Disney UK YouTube channel.

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