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Kate Garraway’s husband has ‘opened his eyes’ after falling into coma

Written by on July 5, 2020

Kate Garraway’s husband, Derek Draper, has opened his eyes after being in a coma for three months – according to the TV presenter.

Derek, from Chorley, has emerged from a deeper coma into a ‘minimum state of consciousness’ and has recently opened his eyes, said Kate.

Speaking in an interview with HELLO! she says doctors are doing whatever they can to help him towards recovery.

She said: “We’re keeping positive and doing everything we can to bring him round.

“The children and I communicate with him every day on FaceTime, while a nurse holds his iPad.

Kate and her husband Derek (Image: PA)

“I really believe he can hear. When medical staff say ‘Good morning, Derek,’ he sometimes opens his eyes.

“We and the doctors are doing everything we can so that he can start to recover.”

Kate has also revealed she’s preparing to return to the ITV breakfast show sofa as well as her slot on Smooth Radio to restore a sense of routine to family’s life after their ordeal.

The I’m A Celebrity 2019 finalist was told on six occasions that she might lose her husband.

Kate has a 14-year-old daughter Darcey and a 10-year-old son Billy with Derek.

He’s now free from COVID-19 but the bug has wreaked havoc on his body and Kate was dealt a further blow when Derek, 52, failed to regain consciousness when doctors attempted to bring him out of his medically induced coma.

In an emotional appearance on GMB last month she explained how Derek had begged to be put into the coma because he was in so much pain.

“The problem is I have huge hope and massive positivity and will never give up on that because Derek is the core of my life, but I have absolute uncertainty and the doctors don’t know because they have never seen this before,” she said.

“One doctor said to me he’s the worst affected person he’s had to treat that has lived, thank God he’s lived so far.”