Kate Garraway has revealed her children are ‘absolutely loving’ having their father home after his Covid battle.
Lobbyist Derek Draper, 53, spent more than a year in intensive care but returned to the couple’s home in North London on Wednesday evening.
Garraway, 53, said on Good Morning Britain that she, their daughter Darcey, 15, and son Billy, 11, ‘are over the moon and overwhelmed in equal measure’ at having Derek back.
She likened it to bringing home a newborn baby, saying after extensive planning she asked herself ‘what the heck do we do now?’.
But she stressed: ‘Its been completely overwhelming but also wonderful.’
Kate Garraway (pictured)has revealed her children are ‘absolutely loving’ having their father home after he spent more than a year battling coronavirus in intensive care
Lobbyist Derek Draper, 53, (pictured in hospital) spent more than a year in intensive care following a Covid battle but returned to the couple’s home in North London on Wednesday evening
Garraway has adapted their home to make it more accessible for her husband, who cannot move or talk on his own and still needs to be on a stretcher or wheelchair.
She has installed a ramp outside their property and a lift to the garden, as well as converting their garage into a wet room. She is now believed to be facing medical bills costing her tens of thousands.
Draper will work with physiotherapists and speech therapists as part of his recovery.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain this morning, Garraway was asked by co-host Susanna Reid how the family are faring having former lobbyist and political adviser Draper home.
She said: ‘We are over the moon and overwhelmed in equal measure.
‘I do remember that day when you brought home your first born and you had sort of been planning for nine months and then you think ‘what the heck do we do now?’.
Garraway, 53, said on Good Morning Britain that she and their daughter Darcey, 15, and son Billy, 11, (pictured together) ‘are over the moon and overwhelmed in equal measure’ at having their father back
She likened it to bringing home a newborn baby, saying after extensive planning she asked herself ‘what the heck do we do now?’ Pictured: Garraway and Draper in 2019
‘Its a little bit like that feeling.
‘Its been completely overwhelming but also wonderful.’
She added: ‘It was a medical reason for coming home as well as our desire and his desire to to encourage a more normal environment to stimulate his recovery and consciousness and they [the children] have been absolutely loving it.
‘Really helpful. It’s been great actually.’
But she said after a year in intensive care, their children – 15-year-old Darcey and 11-year-old Billy – have started ‘deferring’ questions to their father.
Garraway added: ‘I’ve noticed a little bit of deferring actually, like ‘should we check with dad?’. And I’m like hold on, wait a minute, hang on a minute I’m still the boss
‘They are absolutely excited and overwhelmed. And obviously we are there for support but I’m not a doctor.’
Garraway has adapted their home to make it more accessible for her husband (pictured in hospital), who cannot move or talk on his own and still needs to be on a stretcher or wheelchair
She said the family have had ‘a few lovely moments’ when Draper ‘reacted to something Darcy has said that we haven’t seen previously’.
She said: ‘It is a very unique situation so they [doctors] are looking for unique solutions.’
Garraway also revealed how her home has been fitted with an alarm system in case Draper needs urgent attention.
She said: ‘He can press it with his right hand if he needs us.
‘There are people there for Derek, there is someone there for the children. It was a slightly strange feeling when I thought ‘oh my goodness’.
‘We hope this will be the future situation and he won’t have to go back to hospital.’
It has been confirmed that Draper is Britain’s longest surviving Covid hospital patient after he was first admitted with breathing difficulties on March 30 last year.
Draper was put on a ventilator and spent months in a form of coma before uttering his first word – ‘pain’ – in October last year.
The father of two’s body has been ‘universally affected’ by the condition, which means that it has targeted his lungs, heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas.
Garraway has reportedly spent ‘thousands’ on renovating their family home to support Derek’s return.
It was revealed last week that Kate has taken control of her husband’s business affairs, a year after he contracted Covid.