Kate Garraway says Derek Draper no longer needs ventilator to breathe ‘Significant change’
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Kate Garraway, 53, has updated fans on her husband Derek Draper’s condition after revealing he has spoken his first word since being admitted to hospital, “pain”. The Good Morning Britain presenter said doctors have now removed Derek’s tracheotomy tube, which marks a “significant change”.
However, although Derek is now able to breathe without needing a ventilator after his coronavirus battle, Kate also insisted that her other half still faces a long road to recovery.
She said: “[A] significant change is that they’ve been able to remove his tracheotomy tube – which is very positive as it means his lungs have started to work and aren’t solid as they were before.
“But he still has a long way to go.”
Kate added: “Had this happened back in May, I’d have been jubilant, but now I know how slow the change is, and how quickly things can slip backwards.
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“I’m trying to keep my hope in check.
“Derek still needs help with his breathing, especially at night, and is very weak,” she explained to The Sun.
Kate also admitted she experienced mixed emotions after Derek muttered the word “pain”.
She revealed it was a “huge breakthrough” but also “heart-wrenching.”
“It breaks my heart that there may have been times that he’s been in terrible pain and wasn’t able to communicate it,” she explained.
Kate has been keeping GMB viewers updated on her husband Derek’s health since he was admitted to intensive care back in March.
The small-screen star has been married to her spouse for 15 years and the couple share two children together, Darcey 14, and Billy, 11.
Derek is Britain’s longest-suffering COVID inpatient.
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The dad-of-two also remains in a form of coma called a PDOC (Prolonged Disorder of Consciousness).
Kate explained that he often has a “flash of presence” but then it “disappears again”.
Elsewhere, the presenter’s GMB co-star Piers Morgan hit out at those who are complaining about the prospect of a second lockdown in England amid his friend’s turmoil.
Piers criticised people for “whining” about wearing a face mask and not being able to socialise with “20 mates every night” amid the pandemic.
It comes following reports that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering a month-long lockdown across England.
Piers explained that when he hears members of the public complaining about the restrictions, he thinks of Kate and her family’s “unbearable heartache”, as her other half has remained hospitalised for the past 214 days due to the virus.
He wrote in view of his 7.6 million Twitter followers: “When I hear people whining about wearing a mask, or not being able to get lashed with 20 mates every night, I also think of my friend Kate Garraway’s extraordinary courage, resilience & dignity in the face of unbearable heartache.
“And I say to the whiners: shut up.”
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