GOOD Morning Britain's Kate Garraway has shared the first time husband Derek Draper was able to show emotion in his Covid battle.
Derek has become he longest surviving Covid-19 inpatient in the UK and a new documentary, Kate Garraway: Finding Derek, has offered an intimate insight into Kate's experience, and that of her husband Derek Draper.
🔵 Read our Kate Garraway and Derek Draper live blog for news and updates ahead of Finding Derek on ITV tonight…
On Derek's 219th day in hospital, Kate sits on her bed with her phone in her hand.
"Right, I'm going to find the first day he showed emotion, which is a big breakthrough," Kate tells the documentary crew as she scrolls through her phone.
She holds up the phone to show a weak looking Derek in his hospital bed.
Wearing black rimmed glasses, Derek looks a bit confused as Kate asks him "do your muscles ache?"
Turning back to the camera, Kate explains even though "there's a long delay", Derek eventually nods and mouths 'yes'.
The video continues with Kate saying, "you haven't used them in so long, it's going to be so hard, but you're doing brilliantly".
As she pays her husband the compliment, Derek bursts into tears and Kate also becomes emotional in the video reiterating, "so brilliant, I'm so proud of you".
Kate who is still holding up the phone for the cameras in her room, begins to wipe away tears as she watches the milestone moment.
"You're clawing yourself out of this so amazingly darling, I love you so much, I'm so proud of you, you're just fantastic" she tells Derek in the recorded video.
As she switches off the phone, Kate turns to the cameras to say, "that's the first time he'd shown any emotion, which is huge, but I think he has to find the confidence to get through it."
"But he's definitely present, you can see it in his eyes. Everytime you can see a little bit more of him," she adds.
"Even though obviously, there's no sound, and you can see how hard he is concentrating as well.
"The question now is, what is coming back?"
Derek has beaten Covid, but he has been unable to gain consciousness from his induced coma and is still in intensive care a year after catching the virus.
He has been left with kidney failure, damage to his liver and pancreas and heart failure.
He also has holes in his lungs from bacterial pneumonia and is fighting off several infections.
Good Morning Britain host Kate opened up about her husband’s health battle saying: “Derek is the sickest person the team of doctors have treated this year.
“Is he going to be able to come back or will he be alive but no longer the person he was?"
The screen fades to black as a caption reads: "One year later, Derek is still in hospital."
Kate Garraway: Finding Derek will be available to watch on ITV Hub after the show airs at 9pm.
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