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Kate Garraway says Derek Draper's parents haven't seen him for 6 months

Amy Johnson
·2-min read

Watch: Kate Garraway says husband Derek Draper’s parents haven’t seen him in months

Kate Garraway has revealed husband Derek Draper's parents haven't seen their son for six months.

Draper, 53, has remained in hospital since contracting COVID-19 in March.

He is currently in "a minimal state of consciousness" after being comatose for weeks although he is now coronavirus-free.

Garraway’s revelation came as the Good Morning Britain presenter said "we have to do our best" to stick to rules on social distancing and mask wearing.

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"Derek's mum and dad haven't been able to see him," she shared. "I think if they can go six months without giving a hug to their son, who is so desperately ill, then the rest of us can probably get through.

Kate Garraway and her husband Derek Draper arrive at the National Television Awards 2007, at the Royal Albert Hall on October 31, 2007 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Kate Garraway and her husband Derek Draper at the National Television Awards 2007. (Getty Images)

"Sorry, I didn't mean to depress everybody. But that's the reality of getting caught up in the virus."

Garraway added that she felt sympathy towards those who were "fed up" with the virus and it affecting their livelihoods but said that it made her tempted to show rule breakers "a picture of Derek in his current state".

"There are so many shades of grey. If we stick to basics we can hopefully get through it," she said.

Kate Garraway wasn't able to visit husband Derek Draper on their anniversary.
Kate Garraway wasn't able to visit husband Derek Draper on their anniversary.

Garraway and the children she shares with her husband, Darcey, 14 and 11-year-old Billy, have only been able to have limited contact with Draper due to quarantine restrictions although have regularly seen him on FaceTime.

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On their 15th wedding anniversary last month, Garraway wasn't permitted to visit her spouse in hospital although she was able to visit the following day.

On 10 September, she said: “I kind of hoped I would but it hasn’t worked out that way for the visit… But maybe it would be a bit strange anyway. So it’s a tough day.”