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Breaking News ! Kate Garraway's husband Derek Draper has returned home with his family after being hospitalised for a year with coronavirus. The 53-year-old fell ill in March 2020 and faced a long recovery in intensive care, but is well enough to return to his home in North London, the Mirror reports. The couple's children Darcey, 15, and Billy, 11, are said to be "thrilled" that their dad has been allowed home. However, GMB presenter Kate has been warned that he faces a "long and gruelling" fight back to full health. Doctors had previously told the family that Derek may never fully recover from the damage coronavirus had done to his body. Sign up to the free MEN email newsletter Get the latest updates from across Greater Manchester direct to your inbox with the free MEN newsletter You can sign up very simply by following the instructions here He suffered kidney failure, liver and pancreatic damage, has holes in his lungs from pneumonia and has lost eight stone as well as suffering a prolonged disorder of consciousness. Derek will receive around-the-clock care at the family home, where he was seen being driven to in an ambulance on Wednesday this week. Kate Garraway's husband Derek Draper has returned home (Image: ITV) He has been taken off all his machines and breathing apparatus and is said to be responding regularly. A family friend told the Sun: "Derek is a unique case.
." The friend said the professional medical teams who had been looking after Derek "have decided to release him from hospital into 24-hour care at home." They said Kate had been dreaming of this day for "so long" and had expressed her thanks to the NHS. Inevitably, there had been "a lot of happy tears from everyone" since his return home, they added.
The couple have two children and there have been 'happy tears' since he returned home
Derek was taken to hospital on March 30, 2020, when he suffered from numbness in his hand and was experiencing headaches and breathlessness. He was later placed in an induced coma for 13 weeks, before waking in July. The public has followed his progress through regular updates from Kate, including her recent Finding Derek documentary. She is also releasing a book later this month called The Power of Hope: The moving memoir from TV's Kate Garraway. It is based on her diary entries throughout the past year and she hopes the words will provide help to other families facing similar struggles.
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