Kate Garraway shares 'reassuring way' her kids are making husband Derek Draper smile again

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Kate Garraway has shared the reassuring way her kids are making husband Derek Draper smile again.

Kate Garraway husband Derek (opens in new tab) Draper is smiling again since he returned home following his year-long Covid battle thanks to his kind-hearted kids.

The Good Morning Britain (opens in new tab) host gave viewers an update on her husband's progress - as it's been three weeks since he returned home from the hospital after he was admitted last March (opens in new tab) after contracting coronavirus.

It comes as Kate revealed the real reason her husband Derek has finally come home (opens in new tab) and shared the royal family's generous gesture (opens in new tab) amid his health battle.

Kate, 53, has praised her two children, daughter Darcey (opens in new tab), 15, and son Billy (opens in new tab), 11, for the way they have coped with their father's ongoing illness and have since turned their efforts to make him smile again.

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Derek returned home from hospital earlier this month to an emotional reunion with his wife and children.  Speaking with Iain Dale on LBC, Kate revealed the children had been frequently spending time talking to and hugging Derek and said the youngsters were "coping extraordinarily" with his return which will see him receive around-the-clock care.

His heartbreaking journey was aired on ITV Documentary Finding Derek (opens in new tab) and just weeks later he was allowed home for 24-hour care. Their two children often speak with him, and now that physical contact is allowed under coronavirus restrictions, they hug him.

The presenter also revealed that Darcey and Billy have even been able to make him smile in a "reassuring way" as he is smiling at things he would have found amusing before he was placed in a coma last year.

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Earlier this year, Kate Garraway husband Derek Draper was suffering from long Covid and had lost eight stone (opens in new tab) in weight.  Having released a new book The Power of Hope (opens in new tab), she went on to call her children 'heroes' of the book.

Kate's book is on sale tomorrow on Amazon (opens in new tab) priced £10 and it can also be ordered from Waterstones, WHSmith or Bookshop.org. It's hoped the book will help others who are going through a similar thing with their loved ones.

Kate wrote on Instagram, 'I am really hoping that it will help you with all that you are going through.'

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 15 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for Goodto.com, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.