TV medic Dr Hilary has warned that Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper “could have to learn to walk and talk again” after emerging from his Covid-coma.
TV presenter Kate, 53, revealed at the weekend that Derek had come out of the coma after 98 days in hospital.
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She explained that the father-of-two, 52, has opened his eyes but has “minimum consciousness”.
Despite the positive update, Good Morning Britain’s Doctor Hilary told Lorraine Kelly today that there is still a “long road ahead” and Derek could have “ongoing disabilities” due to the deadly virus.
He said: “Kate knows it’s a long road ahead for Derek.
“What we also know is many, many people who’ve recovered from Covid-19 have taken a long time to recover and are still recovering.
Adding: “It’s quite a chronic illness even when people survive, and they’re having to learn to walk again, to talk again.
“A lot of people have got ongoing disabilities.”
Kate’s GMB colleague Piers Morgan also said today that news of Derek waking from his coma is “probably not as positive” as some believe and his recovery is still “uncertain”.
I’m A Celeb star Kate spoke to Hello! about Derek’s latest health update and said: “I really believe he can hear.
“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.”
Kate, who is mother to Darcey, 14, and William, ten, is set to make her TV comeback on GMB on Wednesday’s show for the first time since husband Derek has been fighting for his life.
The brave star added: “The doctors have been urging me not to put my life on pause. They’ve told me that I need to go back to work and create a routine in our lives again.
“The children and Derek are all I’ve thought about and they’re the most important people in my life, but I must create structure and normality for the children, to clean the bath, put the plates in the dishwasher and tidy the house.
“I also need to get back to work so that I can provide for the children and we can do things together, to make them feel that the light hasn’t gone out of their lives, that there’s hope for the future.”
The former political adviser has overcame coronavirus after being put in a coma, but Kate recently told The Sun she had been warned by doctors that he may never fully recover.
Kate also revealed the final words Derek said to her before he was put in a medically-induced coma, telling his wife: “I love you, you saved my life.”