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Good Morning Britain’s Ben Shephard appeared emotional as he discussed Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper returning home over a year after he was hospitalised.
Derek was admitted to hospital in March 2020 after showing symptoms of coronavirus. He was put into an induced coma to help his recovery and woke up for the first time in October last year to tell doctors he was in pain.
The deadly bug "attacked everything", leaving him with kidney failure, damage to his liver and pancreas, as well as heart failure after beating the virus.
As the ITV breakfast show began on Friday morning, Ben discussed the news that Derek is now home with Kate and their two children with co-host Ranvir Singh.
He said: "We are all smiling this morning, aren’t we?" to which Ranvir replied: “It’s made everybody smile."
Kate Garraway's emotional family reunion where kids cried with happiness as husband Derek comes home
Kate Garraway's husband Derek Draper 'returns home after over a year in intensive care following Covid-19'
Ben continued: "The news that he has been able to travel home and is living at home now with Kate, Darcey and Bill.
"Honestly this means an awful lot to us because we’ve shared this with Kate personally, but when we come in and see the messages from you guys and how pleased you are.
"It’s the first step in a very, very long journey for Derek and Kate and for the family trying to work out how it’s going to unfold. There is 24 hour care for him at home," Ben added.
“It’s a progress thing isn’t it,” Ranvir said. “Now doctors are saying he is responding regularly which is an amazing thing, but there’s going to be a lot of help needed for Kate and the family."
Showbiz correspondent Richard Arnold added: "It’s a God send. Having been with her through this journey, it’s been absolutely heartbreaking. It’s not so much joy unconfined, but it’s a relief, palpable relief for all of us."
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Kate herself made an emotional appearance on the show on Friday morning as she spoke about having Derek finally home after a year in hospital.
The 53 year old spoke about Derek's first night back at their London home.
As she appeared via a video link, she explained: "It does feel like the hospital has come home with me at the moment."
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