Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper is finally home after spending more than a year in intensive care following a battle with coronavirus.
The TV presenter, 53, has had the family home adapted so that Derek, also 53, could come back and receive round-the-clock care at their London property.
Former lobbyist Derek has now been taken off all machines, but the family have been warned he still has a long way to go in his recovery from the virus.
Happy news: Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper is finally home after spending more than a year in intensive care following a battle with coronavirus (pictured in 2018)
A friend of the family told the Sun they have wept tears of joy, adding: ‘Kate’s dreamt of this day for so long, and can’t thank wonderful NHS staff enough.’
Kate and Derek share daughter Darcey, 15, and son Billy, 11, who recently appeared on an ITV documentary about Derek’s illness.
The family friend declared that Kate has been ‘dreaming of this day’, and said: ‘The children, who have been so remarkably resilient, have been so, so happy to have their dad home. There have been a lot of happy tears from everyone.
‘This past year has given Derek and Kate an absolutely unbreakable bond — she has been such a rock, and a total inspiration to everyone in Britain battling their own horror stories with the pernicious disease.’
Health:The TV presenter, 53, has had the family home adapted so that Derek, also 53, could come back and receive round-the-clock care at their property
It was reported by the publication that Derek was taken by ambulance back to his home on Wednesday after he began regularly responding.
Experts are said to have agreed that being surrounded by Kate and the kids would be beneficial to Derek’s recovery after medics noticed setbacks while his wife was unable to visit him during lockdown.
Their theory is that by aiding Derek’s mental health it will also help his physical health.
News they’ve been waiting for: Former lobbyist Derek has now been taken off all machines but the family have been warned he still has a long way to go in his recovery from the virus
It was revealed last week that Kate has taken control of her husband’s business affairs, a year after the former lobbyist contracted Covid.
12 months on after he was first admitted to hospital, Kate, has been made the director of a firm founded by Derek.
Documents filed to Companies House show she’s been named on the books of his Astra Aspera Ltd firm.
The company’s name is a take on the Latin phrase ‘ad astra per aspera’ which means ‘to the stars through hardship’.
A friend of the family told the Sun they have wept tears of joy, adding: ‘Kate’s dreamt of this day for so long, and can’t thank wonderful NHS staff enough’
She has been handed more than 50% of the firm to give her the controlling interest to make decisions on her own.
And notes on the company’s listing show that it is late in filing accounts for 2019 due to Derek’s illness.
Books for 2018 reveal it paid more than £128,000 in tax meaning the firm was taking in a healthy income.
Derek – the firm’s other director – founded the outfit in 2011.
Finances: Kate has been handed more than 50% of the firm to give her the controlling interest to make decisions on her own
A source told MailOnline: ‘It’s been an incredibly tough year for Kate and the family and she’s been left with a lot of financial decisions and complications on top of it all.
‘Making Kate the director for Derek’s company for the time being, was the best decision for everyone to try to manage things while Derek is unable to. It’s been a lot for Kate to handle but she’s determined to tackle it.’
Last month, Kate revealed she had to rely on friends for financial support while off work during Derek’s Covid battle.
The Good Morning Britain host explained how although those in TV are ‘paid a good wage compared to the nurses keeping Derek alive’, she had to stop earning ‘quite suddenly’ last March and turned to pals for support.
Kate said: ‘Working in television, everybody does get paid a good wage compared with the nurses who are keeping Derek alive. But that obviously stopped quite suddenly last March.’
The star said she worried she’d sound like she was ‘pleading poverty’ and added that she’s had to think about things she never contemplated before Derek’s illness.
Kate admitted a major learning curve was the legal side of things, saying: ‘I haven’t really got my head round the legal situation.
‘I’ve been in a continual survival mode. Just thinking, let’s get through today.’
She explained that since Derek’s been in hospital she’s not been able to access his credit card accounts or their joint savings.
Kate even revealed she’s not allowed to see her husband’s medical notes because of data protection and them not giving each other power of attorney.
The mother-of-two said she recalled having a chat with Derek about how they should do this, however it never came about, with her saying she probably brushed it off by saying some joke like: ‘You’re not being mine’
Kate also reflected on how she’s been faced with a long-line of problems to fix at home as well as working out childcare for her two children on her own.
She detailed how during the past 12 months their family car has broken down and the replacement was stolen. And while self-isolating to visit Derek in hospital the family’s fridge-freezer broke followed by a flood and failed heating.
Sad: Kate – who shares Darcey, 15, and William, 11, (pictured in 2019) with her husband of 15 years – admitted it is ‘shocking’ to see his current state, including his eight stone weight loss
Adding to the list of bad luck, just two days before Christmas Kate even had to call her agent, who also reps Emma Willis who works for Mark’s and Spencer, to sort some food for Kate and her children to have over the festive period.
It comes after Kate stated she has been ‘absolutely overwhelmed’ by the positive reaction to her documentary, and admitted the ‘battle’ for her husband Derek goes on as he faces a ‘challenging fortnight.’
Kate returned to GMB after the emotional Kate Garraway: Finding Derek documentary aired last month and said: ‘It’s been absolutely overwhelming in a really wonderful way.’
She said: ‘We spoke on Tuesday morning about how it was quite a difficult decision to think about filming it, but you hoped it would bring some comfort to some people or perhaps shine a light on a situation that… or for a group of people who might be suffering away in a way that hasn’t been focused on.
‘I’ve had so many comments from people. The reaction has been extraordinary. I’ve had so many messages from people talking not just about COVID, but about experiences in their own life, where some of the things we touched on have impacted.’
A timeline of Derek’s coronavirus battle
Kate revealed she and Prince Charles had got ‘relatively close’ at the Prince’s Trust Awards on March 11 – Charles was diagnosed with coronavirus in mid-March.
She said: ‘Around the 29/30 March, I came home came in and said [to Derek] ‘god you look ill.’
‘He said he had a headache, numbness in his right hand, and was struggling to breathe,
‘I rang Dr Hilary (Jones) and tried to get through, he talked to Derek. He said put me back on, I think you need to call an ambulance’
Derek, 52, was taken into hospital on March 30 and remained in an unresponsive condition.
Kate and her children isolated at home after she displayed ‘mild symptoms’.
Kate said: ‘Derek remains in intensive care and is still very ill. I’m afraid it remains an excruciatingly worrying time.
‘I’m afraid he is still in a deeply critical condition, but he is still here, which means there is hope.’
Kate said: ‘The journey for me and my family seems to be far from over as every day my heart sinks as I learn new and devastating ways this virus has more battles for Derek to fight.
‘But he is still HERE & so there is still hope.’
That month, Kate and her family took part in the final clap for carers
She said: ‘I’ll never give up on that because Derek’s the love of my life but at the same time I have absolute uncertainty’
On June 5, Kate revealed Derek is now free from coronavirus but continues to fight against the damage inflicted on his body
On July 5, Kate revealed Derek has woken from his coma but he remains in a serious yet critical condition.
On July 8, she announced she would be returning to GMB, after being urged by doctors to ‘get on with life’ during Derek’s recovery.
She added that Derek had ‘opened his eyes’ after waking from his coma, but has been told his recovery could take years.
On July 13, Kate returned to GMB for the first time since Derek was hospitalised.
On July 28, Kate revealed she’d paid an ‘extra emotional’ first visit to Derek, and admitted she’s ‘frustrated’ by his slow progress.
On August 14, Kate reassured GMB viewers that Derek was ‘still with us,’ but it was ‘a waiting game.’
On August 19, Kate revealed she celebrated Derek’s birthday with their two children, and described the day as ‘challenging’ for her family.
At the end of September, Derek reportedly becomes the longest surviving patient with coronavirus after spending 184 days in and out of intensive care.
Kate reveals Derek has lost eight stone during his battle.
The presenter announces she is returning to her Smooth Radio show so Derek can hear her voice.
On October 30 Kate reveals that Derek has spoken for the first time in seven months, saying the word ‘pain’ to his wife, who watched on ‘in tears’ over FaceTime.
Kate says a day later that her husband no longer needs a ventilator to breathe.
Kate reveals her family car has been stolen in latest ‘body blow’ to her family life, as kind-hearted fans offer their cars to help.
She says she feels ‘physically sick’ at the prospect of facing her first Christmas without Derek.
The GMB star tells viewers it is her dream to visit Derek on Christmas Day.
She also reveals she missed two weeks on GMB after her children were exposed to the virus, but thankfully she and the kids tested negative.
On December 17, Kate has an emotional conversation live on GMB with two nurses who treated Derek when he was first admitted to Whittington Hospital in North London.
On New Year’s Eve she reflects on a ‘calamitous’ Christmas without Derek, as her house was flooded and she struggled to get a food delivery slot until her pal Emma Willis stepped in to help.
Kate reveals she and her children got to visit Derek in hospital over the Christmas period, and it was the first time her family had seen him since he was hospitalised.
She also says she’s banned from seeing him due to new restrictions introduced during the government’s third lockdown.
Kate reveals she is unsure how much Derek will ‘ever be able to recover’ following warning from doctors that he may never wake from his coma