Good Morning Britain host Kate Garraway has said she fears she may have to give up her job to become the primary carer for her husband Derek Draper, who remains in hospital after being admitted with coronavirus symptoms in March last year. 
Draper, 53, was subsequently placed in a coma, with doctors telling Garraway he was the most seriously ill person they had seen who remained alive.
The presenter has made a new documentary, Finding Derek, in which she discusses her fears about her husband returning home and meets experts, NHS staff and those suffering from ‘Long Covid’.
Follow Kate’s incredibly personal journey as she supports husband, Derek, battling with long-Covid.
Kate Garraway: Finding Derek, Tuesday 23rd March at 9pm on ITV &
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The Press Association reports that Garraway tells the couple’s son Bill: “You know that we are hoping that dad will get better and better, but when he comes home he will probably need to be in a wheelchair, so we are trying to make it so he can do all this.
“And if I have to give up work to care for him, then it is best to do it now when I am earning money.
“If he needs 24-hour care, I will be the primary carer. I have a fear of the reality of that life. It is a completely different dynamic to our relationship.”
She says Draper’s gradual recovery “feels like a positive”.
“The only thing that panics me is that we are on such a rollercoaster with Derek that I am looking around during all this chaos and then the next minute there will be a phone call to say something has gone backwards,” she continues.
“You think, ‘Gosh, am I just fooling myself?’, I suppose.”
‘There’s a moment that is tough for people to watch and that’s the moment he felt he can’t go on.’
Kate says the reason she included such a difficult moment in Derek’s journey is because the fights he was going through is so important and relatable.
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“Derek is the sickest person the team of doctors in the lung hospital have treated that has lived,” she explains.
“His kidneys have failed, his liver has failed, his heart is being supported with medicine.
“So the best way of coping with that is to think, ‘What have I got control over?’ and I guess that is making sure the children feel okay.”
Finding Derek airs on ITV1 at 9:00pm.
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