Kate Garraway has given a heartbreaking update on her husband Derek’s condition, as he continues his battle to recover from the aftereffects of Covid from home.
The 54-year-old revealed that Derek, 54, is still sleeping 20 hours a day, meaning he is only awake 28 hours a week.
The Good Morning Britain presenter said that doctors have warned that improvements will take time to come, but believe there will be progress.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Kate said: “Everyone wants to know how Derek is doing, and I want to say: ‘He’s doing great!’ Because I so want to give them a happy ending…”
The mother-of-two went on to add: “It’s not been easy. And although there are these extraordinary little moments that keep you going, it’s not as though there is something every day taking us forward.
“The doctors believe that there will be a trajectory, but that it’ll be very slow. Derek will still sleep for 20 hours a day, for example.”
Derek is requiring round the clock care with two people needed to give him a wash and the medical staff working shifts so that he always has someone by his side.
On the more positive side, Kate said the Derek has improved in that he is able to understand what is going on around him, meaning he is able to listen to music and watch television.
Kate said: “We’re clear now that he does understand everything that I tell him.
“So there are moments when you know he’s in there, and he has a lot of memory.”
However, his ability to communicate has diminished again, causing Kate to admit that she missed all the “little things” that used to irritate her.
“The way he wouldn’t be able to do anything until he’d had his bath. The way he would sing so loudly in the mornings – and was generally just so loud! It would drive me mad,” she explained.
“I would give everything I own to hear him being really shouty and full of opinions, ruffling feathers in the way that he used to.”