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‘It’s tough on me and the kids looking after Derek but we’re paid with love’: Kate Garraway discusses the strain of caring for her ailing husband following his battle with Covid-19
By Kenzi Devine For Mailonline
Published: 09:04 GMT, 3 March 2022 | Updated: 09:25 GMT, 3 March 2022

Kate Garraway admitted that caring for her husband Derek Draper amid his battle with Covid 19 is tough on her and their children, but said they are ‘paid with love.’

Appearing on The One Show on Wednesday, the Good Morning Britain presenter, 54, joined Alex Jones and Ronan Keating on the show to talk about her recent ITV documentary, Caring For Derek. 
The show focused on the upheaval and uncertainty that has dominated their family’s lives as they care for Derek, also 54, following being critically ill in hospital with Covid-19 – with Kate taking on the role as a carer.

Paid with love: Kate Garraway revealed that she is ‘paid with love’ when caring for her husband, Derek Draper, during an appearance on The One Show on Wednesday

During the appearance, Kate revealed that she wanted this documentary to focus on the work of professional carers but also the ‘unpaid’ carers – friends and family who get ‘paid with love’.

Kate explained the incredible response she has had from the public on the documentary, saying the public have been ‘amazing’.
She went on to detail the struggles of caring for a family member, saying: ‘It’s such a wonderful thing, to be able to care for someone you love. But, it’s a tough thing.’

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Family: Behind the scenes: Caring For Derek shows the family’s lives as they care for Derek following being critically ill in hospital with Covid-19 – with Kate taking on the role as a carer (pictured with children Darcey, 15, and Billy, 12)

Gratitude: Kate revealed that she wanted this documentary to focus on the work of professional carers but also the ‘unpaid’ carers like herself and her family 

Positive response: Kate explained the incredible response she has had from the public on the documentary, saying the public have been ‘amazing’

‘It’s tough for the carer and the person who’s being cared for. I’m trying to say, salute everybody out there and give them some support.’
Kate Garraway: Caring For Derek came out on February 22nd, giving an inside look into how Kate and her family’s lives have changed since Derek contracted Covid in March 2020.
Kate and Derek share two children; Darcey, 15 and Billy, 12. 

Hardship: She went on to detail the struggles of caring for a family member, saying: ‘It’s such a wonderful thing, to be able to care for someone you love. But, it’s a tough thing.

Journey: Derek contracted Covid-19 in March 2020, and has since come out of a medically induced coma

It comes after Kate recently revealed that Derek can only sit in his wheelchair for 20 minutes before he flags.
She gave an update on her husband’s condition while talking on This Morning, after the couple took a 5,000 mile trip to Mexico to receive treatment from a doctor there as part of a clinical trial.

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On the show she said: ‘He can sustain sitting in a wheelchair for about 20 minutes before he flagged so the thought of going 5,000 miles seemed bonkers.’ 
Despite Kate’s woes, the couple managed the long trip, as Kate said they are starting to see ‘little improvements.’

Unstable: Kate recently revealed that Derek can only sit in his wheelchair for 20 minutes before he flags

Hope: Kate said they are starting to see ‘little improvements’ on Derek’s condition

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