Good Morning Britain's Kate Garraway gives huge medical update on husband Derek Draper's recovery after Covid battle | The Sun

GOOD Morning Britain anchor Kate Garraway gave fans a huge medical update on husband Derek Draper's recovery amid his Covid battle.

The ITV stalwart, 56, opened up on her former Labour lobbyist spouse being well enough to attend former Labour minister Lord Peter Mandelson's wedding at the weekend.

Kate said being invited to Peter's ceremony with husband and long-time partner Reinaldo "meant the world to him" amid Derek's lengthy illness, which has left him wheelchair-bound.

Previously Derek, 56, was fighting for his life after suffering Covid.

He is one of the UK's longest suffering patients of Covid, yet has since been battling a variety of health problems, after the virus caused brain inflammation, kidney failure, and damage to his liver and pancreas.

On Tuesday's Good Morning Britain, Kate gave a "massive thank you" to the newlyweds for accommodating Derek's needs.

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Peter said: "It was a lovely, lovely wedding and we are very happy.

"And Kate, very pleased, if you don't mind me saying so, that Derek was there.

"Because Derek worked for me as my parliamentary aide back in 1992 when I was first elected."

Kate replied: "You were very kind because it was a massive day for you and it took a lot of organisation to get him there.

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"But it meant the world to him so on a personal note, thank you."

Peter added: "Well Reinaldo was insistent we had him there and it was great to have him there at the ceremony and our little party later."

Previously, Kate told of the difficulties Derek faces while travelling – and told how he was trapped in "no man's land" between borders.

On a previous GMB episode, she was talking about disabled access and facilities at London Heathrow Airport.

She told co-host Richard Madeley and Manchester Arena bomb survivor Martin Hibbert, who was present for the debate, how the transport hub had recently installed a passport scanner that was wheelchair-wide.

Kate said: "Disability has a wide-range – Derek hasn't got the cognitive skills or upper-body strength that you've got.

"We realised we couldn't get him into the country.

"He went forward [in the machine] and the door locked and then the disabled person has to free it.

"You're not allowed because of the border to do it yourself."

Derek struggled to push the door and couldn't get out, and Kate added: "He was stuck in no man's land and literally between two borders for about an hour or so.

"That's even when conscious effort has been made to make things work."

Yet on a more positive note, she was able to head out with Derek and her GMB co-stars for a lavish meal after being awarded an MBE.

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She told how Derek had "burst into tears" at the hugely emotional ceremony at Windsor Castle.

Kate was bestowed the award by Prince William celebrating her services to broadcasting, journalism and charity.

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