‘I want you at the funeral’ Kate Garraway shares Derek’s ‘heartbreaking’ words before coma

Kate Garraway gives update on husband Derek’s recovery

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Kate Garraway, 53, has revealed more about the final hours before her husband Derek Draper, 53, was placed in a coma. As fans of the Good Morning Britain presenter will know, her husband had spent nearly 400 days in hospital after falling ill with Covid.

Derek first contracted the disease in March 2020 and was quickly hospitalised after having very low oxygen levels.

During his time in hospital, he was placed in an induced coma to try and manage his recovery.

Now, Kate has opened up about the heartbreaking final things the pair said to each other before this happened.

As transported in the ambulance, Kate revealed he said: “‘This is not the last time you will see me. It isn’t.’”

However, speaking of the heartbreaking moment, she penned: “He would never have said that if at least a small part of him hadn’t been wondering if it was.”

The GMB presenter also said he told her on a phone call: “I want you at the funeral.”

She then opened up over his final messages sent to her.

Kate added: “His messages became more and more desperate. They were heart-breaking to read.”

The broadcaster shared these in her new memoir The Power of Hope, which is being serialised in The Mail on Sunday.

Derek has now left the hospital and is being cared for at home with Kate and their two children, Darcey, 15, and Billy, 11.

Kate opened up on Good Morning Britain last weekend about the small “positives” of his recovery.

She said: “It’s been wonderful having Derek home and there are lots of little positives.

“There are little moments of reaction and he actually said something the other day,” she explained on Good Morning Britain.

“I walked in the other morning… and he said, ‘New dress?’, which was just amazing.

“And it was, actually!,” she added on Thursday’s show.

Kate then added: “So I thought it was amazing on so many levels because he recognised it (and) he realised and remembered that I need a lot of flattery.

“So there was some emotional connection there!

“It was just a little moment and then, of course, there was nothing.”

Kate also opened up about Derek’s recovery in an ITV documentary last month.

Entitled Finding Derek, the programme followed the impact of his illness of Kate and their children.

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