Kate Garraway reveals her family must adjust this Christmas

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Kate Garraway reveals her family must adjust this Christmas
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Kate Garraway reveals her family must adapt to a “new normal” this Christmas. Kate’s husband Derek Draper is still recovering from COVID.

Kate is caring for Derek. He caught the coronavirus back in March 2020. He spent a long time in hospital. He suffered from liver and pancreatic damage and kidney failure. His heart stopped beating on multiple occasions too. He is now battling long COVID.

The 54-year-old Good Morning Britain host spoke to Woman’s Own magazine. Kate revealed: “This year, we have got him home – and fingers crossed we can keep him home. Of course, he’s not going to be putting on his Santa costume, going out with [daughter] Darcey for a father-and-daughter Christmas shop or the same with [son] Billy.

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“None of those things are on the horizon at the moment so it’s adjusting to a new normal but also grateful he’s here at all. Which we didn’t have at all last year and feared would never happen.

“The dream would be to get Derek to Chorley [with the Draper side of the family]. At the moment, moving him is a big problem: it’s exhausting for him.

“If not, maybe the Drapers could come to us for a big gathering, covid permitting. And certainly I’ll be seeing the Garraways but my oven is broken so I’m not sure anyone wants to come to me.”


The relationship between Derek and Kate has changed. Kate spoke of emotional toll the illness has taken.

Kate said: “It’s both emotional and physical because your relationship with the person has changed, but also what I’ve found is that some of things that floor me are when there are moments when Derek is very present and then the next moment he is not.

“You get a strange, overwhelming feeling of loneliness where you suddenly feel the person is lost and you want to grab them, fix them – bring them back.”


Kate added: “But then you realise you’re focusing on your own emotions and not their needs.”


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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