KATE Garraway has said her husband Derek Draper has lost a “huge amount of weight” during his battle with coronavirus.
The 53-year-old Good Morning Britain star said he looked “so different” when she saw him during an iPad video call after nurses were forced to shave his face because his beard grew too big.
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Speaking to Hello!, Kate explained: “Derek’s lost a huge amount of weight and when the nurse shaved him because his beard had grown so long, he looked so different.”
Referring to their children Darcey, 14, and Billy, ten, FaceTiming their dad, she said: “They’d never seen him without stubble or a beard before.
“During their chats, they tell him what they’ve been doing and their sense of humour often shines through.”
Kate revealed in an interview last night that Derek had emerged from his coma after 98 days in hospital and even opened his eyes.
She said: ““When medical staff say, ‘Good morning, Derek,’ he sometimes opens his eyes. We and the doctors are doing everything we can so that he can start to recover.”
However, in a rare social media post today she also sounded a note of caution, saying the day he returned home having recovered still seemed “very uncertain” amid these “ghastly times”.
She wrote: “The future we are really hoping for , Derek recovering & coming home is not nearly in sight & very uncertain.
“But it feels positive to share how we are trying to keep ourselves going as I know so many are dealing with terrible challenges in all sorts of ways as we all try to emerge from these ghastly times, just as we continue to hope Derek can emerge from his minimum state of consciousness.
“I hope reading this helps in some way . Thank you everyone for your lovely good wishes and for sending me your stories of how you’ve been coping too.”
It is the first time Kate has posted on Instagram since Father’s Day on June 21 when she updated fans on Derek’s condition.