Kate Garraway ‘overwhelmed’ as she details ‘alarm system’ for husband Derek Draper

Kate Garraway says having Derek Draper home is 'wonderful'

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Kate Garraway presented Good Morning Britain with Susanna Reid on Monday and spoke about her husband, Derek Draper returning home last week and the systems which have been put in place in order to aid his recovery. The former political adviser was admitted to the hospital in March last year with coronavirus symptoms, before being put into a coma. The mother-of-two explained how an “alarm system” was installed as well as medical support staff to “help” the family and Derek. 

Kate told Susanna and those watching GMB at home: “Derek came home Wednesday evening and yes it’s extraordinary. 

“We sort of feel over the moon and overwhelmed in equal measure. It is quite an overwhelming responsibility.” 

She went on to say: “Do you remember the day when you brought home your firstborn and you’ve been planning for nine months and you get to thinking ‘What the heck do we do now?’ 

“It’s a little bit like that feeling, you suddenly find it 4.30pm and you’ve got your pyjamas on! 

“It’s been completely overwhelming but also wonderful,” she added. 

Susanna said: “One of the important things is that he could be surrounded by you, family, and the children, of course. How are the children enjoying having dad back?” 

“Yes, you’re right, it was a medical reason for coming home as well as our desire and I’m sure, his desire too, to try and encourage his recovering and consciousness better,” Kate replied. 

“And they’ve been absolutely loving it – absolutely loving it and really helpful. 

“It’s been great actually, and I’ve noticed a bit of deferring; ‘Shall we check with dad?’ ‘Hang on a minute, hang on a minute, hang on a minute I’m still the boss!’ Although I think Darcey’s always been the boss actually. 

“They’re absolutely excited and overwhelmed and we’ve got an alarm system and we’ve got support, people there to help because I am certainly not a doctor, and so when it goes off, you get that surge of rush and it’s like ‘Dad do you need me?’” she explained. 

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