GOOD Morning Britain host Kate Garraway gave an emotional update on Derek Draper’s health this morning.
Tragically, he later returned to hospital in July this year after a setback – but Kate revealed this morning that he is back in the family home once more.
The popular presenter told Lorraine: “It’s been a long battle to get him back home again.”
She also paid an emotional tribute to her co-host and friend Ben, saying he had been “extraordinary” thoughout her ordeal.
The star added, in an emotional confession, that she feared her colleagues were “fed up to the back teeth” with her talking about Derek.
Asked by Lorraine how her 55-year-old husband was, Kate said: “Oh, I mean you know, it’s a long onslaught.
“I can see he has better days, he has worse days. He is thankfully at home now. It’s been a long battle to get him back home again.
“I think it’s very tough on him and very tough on the people around me actually. All jokes aside, Ben – for all his unbelievable cheek – has been extraordinary.
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“I can’t help thinking, you Lorraine, all the people around me, the people at GMB, at Smooth Radio as well must be fed up to the back teeth.
“That is the problem, I think, if you are caring or if you have a long-term situation as Derek has.
She added: “It doesn’t go away quickly and the fight goes on.”
Ben, 47, cut in: “The really important thing to say it Kate thinks that – and that is just not the case. I can understand how you feel like that because it dominates your life.”
She replied: “Sometimes people say: ‘She’s talking about that again.’
“I don’t want to go on about it. What I’ve learnt – and this is a negative/positive – is that you only really know what it feels like until you’re there. You imagine it, but you don’t know.
“I now get contacted every day which makes me feel less isolated by genuinely thousands and thousands of people.
“Please say more because we are struggling and we don’t have a situation where support is there.”
Derek became the nation’s longest suffering Covid patient after spending 13 months in hospital.