Derek Draper returns home after over a year in intensive care recovering from Covid

Derek Draper has returned home after more than a year in hospital being treated for Covid-19.

Draper, 53, the husband of Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway, was admitted with coronavirus symptoms in March 2020 and was subsequently placed in a coma.

The former political adviser and lobbyist was driven by ambulance to the couple’s home in north London on Wednesday, the Sun reported.

He has been taken off all machines and breathing apparatus but will receive 24-hour care at the property which Garraway has adapted to make it more accessible.

The couple have two children, daughter Darcey, 15, and 11-year-old son Billy.

Last month ITV broadcast Finding Derek, a documentary exploring Draper’s illness and its effect on their children.

One scene involved Garraway, 53, recall being told by Draper’s doctors that he was the most seriously ill person they had seen who remained alive.

In another scene, Garraway suggested they would have a “completely different dynamic” in their marriage when he is able to leave hospital.

Although the virus has not been present in Draper’s body since the late summer, it has led to kidney failure, damage to his liver and pancreas and heart failure.

He has holes in his lungs following bacterial pneumonia and several infections.

Last month Garraway said doctors do not know why the virus has had such a destructive effect on his health and told her it is unlikely he will make a full recovery.

The presenter, who has been unable to visit her husband since December when the third lockdown was imposed, said his condition deteriorated dramatically without human contact.

She said: “I feel like he is in an ocean of unconsciousness and sometimes he comes up to the surface.

“In the run-up to Christmas there were moments of consciousness where I felt like we were really communicating.”

PA Media contributed to this report

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