Kate Garraway opens up on celebrating husband Derek Draper’s birthday as he remains in hospital

19 August 2020, 14:33 | Updated: 19 August 2020, 14:53

By Rory O'Connor

Kate Garraway opened up about celebrating her husband Derek Draper’s 53rd birthday as he remains in hospital after being put into a coma in April.

Derek is still in hospital after contracting coronavirus at the end of March, and being put into an induced coma in early April.

While Derek is now clear of Covid-19, he continues to battle the effects of the virus.

Speaking about celebrating her husband’s birthday with their two children, Darcey and Billy, Kate said: “It was Derek’s birthday on Saturday as well, which was obviously a challenging one under the circumstances.

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“We managed to FaceTime him and sing happy birthday. We had a cake which we had on FaceTime. So we tried to mark the moment.

Kate Garraway opens up on celebrating husband Derek Draper’s birthday as he remains in hospital
Kate Garraway opens up on celebrating husband Derek Draper’s birthday as he remains in hospital. Picture: REX • ITV

“It’s very challenging, they’re [Darcey and Billy] doing brilliantly with it though. We just thought for us, we did it with Derek’s family as well, we managed to technically hook up and sing happy birthday. We just hope the love seeps through.”

Smooth Radio presenter Kate confirmed last month that Derek is out of the “deep coma”, and is now in a “minimal state of consciousness”, but that the virus had “wreaked havoc on his body”.

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He is now receiving therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE), with Kate previously noting it was frustrating to have only just started as she had offered to donate blood to him months ago.

Speaking Dr Amir Khan on Good Morning Britain, Kate said: “I was looking for anything that I was able to do. But they said we are months away from being confident enough to clean your blood.”

Kate Garraway with her husband Derek Draper at Smooth Radio
Kate Garraway with her husband Derek Draper at Smooth Radio. Picture: PA

Kate pointed out: “The doctors that I was speaking to in America were doing it regularly [for months]... why were we slow to do this?”

Dr Amir confirmed that it wasn't due to a lack of knowledge that they hadn't done so, but more due to a lack of technology and resources.

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He said: “I agree with you, it should have been used earlier.”

Everyone at Smooth is thinking of Derek, Kate, Darcey and Billy, and continue to wish for Derek's recovery.