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Kate Garraway’s heartbreaking documentary on husband Derek Draper aired on Tuesday.
The Good Morning Britain presenter, 53, has captured her husband’s battle with Covid-19 every step of the way after he contracted the respiratory illness in March 2020.
And the hour-long programme, Finding Derek, which aired on Tuesday, saw mum-of-two Kate reveal how she might have to “fall in love again” with her former lobbyist husband.
Derek heartbreakingly stating that he wanted to 'die' during a FaceTime with Kate
During an emotional video call in November, a sobbing Derek told his wife that he wanted to “die”.
Derek said: “Kate there is no way out. There’s no way out.” Kate responded: “What do you mean there is no way out of what?”
“I’ve got to the point where I just think f*** it, f*** it.” Kate interjected: “As in die?”
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Tearfully, Derek replied: “Yes.”
Kate reassured her husband, adding: “I promised you I will save you and I'm going to save you. I will find a way but you just have to hang in there, okay?”
Kate said she might have to 'fall in love again' with Derek
Kate was asked in November if she would be okay if her husband is “not her Derek” when he is discharged from hospital.
During the hour-long segment, Kate explained that she's "never loved Derek more or feared losing him more," but confessed she thinks they'll have to get to know each other again after all this time.
"He is still Derek. He is still him and he's still that person that you love. But he will behave differently and he will be physically different. So, will I be ok?
"I won't be delighted because I wouldn't wish that on him. I think it will be very tough on us both but he is, for better for worse… you know, I'm trying to look at it as a rather beautiful thing.
"I feel as though we might have to fall in love again."
Derek’s first words after coming out of a coma
In a scene filmed in October, Kate shows the camera a video of Derek mouthing the word “pain” on his hospital bed which marked his first verbal speech since contracting Covid-19.
“Afterwards we all burst into tears because it was the first time we had seen him mouth the words and he says it again,” Kate said.
Kate on giving up her career to be a full-time carer to Derek
Speaking about how Derek may need a wheelchair when he returns to their home, Kate turned her attention to caring for Derek.
She said: “If I have to give up work to care for him then it is best to do it now when I am earning money.
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Kate Garraway's GMB co-host Ben Shephard worries she'll suffer 'a huge crash' amid husband Derek Draper's hospital stay
“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.”
Kate's spokesman has told the BBC that she has no plans to give up GMB and her work has been “something of a lifeline and really kept her spirits up over this past year.”
Kate caught Covid-19 from Derek
The presenter revealed she caught coronavirus a week after her husband contracted the respiratory illness.
Kate recovered from Covid-19 but 53-year-old Derek was taken to hospital and induced into a coma in April 2020.
Kate’s children remain realistic about their dad’s recovery
Kate shares 15-year-old Darcey and 11-year-old William with Derek.
Asked if Derek is “like a big kid”, William replied: “He really is and I really want him back but we just don’t know whether he is going to get better or not.”
Meanwhile Darcey was asked if her dad will be back for Christmas, to which she responded: “I hope so. But it’s hard because he might still be hooked up to things that he needs to help him survive.”
Derek may remain in hospital until December
Nearing the end of 53-year-old Kate's ITV documentary, Finding Derek, which aired on 23 March, a note appeared which read: "His doctors have extended the option of keeping him in hospital… until December 2021."
A clip of Derek then played where he coherently said: "Thank you and I love you forever and a day," to his TV presenter wife before the documentary came to a close.
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