KATE Garraway and Derek Draper‘s heartbreaking documentary ended with the Covid sufferer telling his devoted wife “I love you, forever and a day”.
Derek, 53, contracted covid-19 last March and remains in hospital to this day, having spent much of the past year in a coma.
Kate, 53, has been documenting Derek’s long, slow recovery in Finding Derek after coronavirus ravaged his body, causing his liver, kidneys and heart to fail.
In tonight’s programme, the moment Derek spoke in a clear and strong voice after months of being in a coma left viewers weeping.
He told Kate: “I love you, forever and a day.”
Kate’s documentary tracks Derek’s fight for his life and how they plan to live their life afterwards.
As she reflected on the type of care her husband will need when he leaves hospital, Kate adds: “The truth is as much as I may think I have the answers all the time, Derek doesn’t need me. I’m not the person to care for him.
“I obviously will be there 100% completely if Derek needs me, but what he needs is specialist, professional, medical support ongoing – because there is a good chance that he can improve but we need to make sure the support is there now.
Read our live blog below for the latest Kate Garraway and Derek Draper updates ahead of Finding Derek on ITV tonight…
Finding Derek is trending on Twitter as people react to the emotional and intimate documentary.
Many have thanked Kate for exposing what life is like living with medical uncertainty and the impact it has on the individual and their family.
One viewer said: “Such a difficult watch tonight. Those crazy FaceTime calls so reminiscent of calls I had with my husband when he was coming out of coma. Confusion, fear, pain. Asked me where he lived now? Could I get him? Was he like this forever now? Still recovering one year on. #FindingDerek”
Another person wrote on Twitter: “Oh my heart. You’re amazing @kategarraway
“Your strength reminds me of my mum after my dad 4th stroke. He’s just out of hospital again recovering from sepsis and pneumonia -it’s an ongoing journey, he’s different but he’s still dad. Still ‘Mike’ to mum. Love wins❤️”
‘SO MUCH TO BE GRATEFUL FOR’
Derek has a huge challenge ahead but he is ALIVE and speaking, and he can converse with his wife and kids.
Kate doesn’t know what tomorrow looks like but says at least ‘there is a tomorrow’.
“I LOVE YOU“
There are so many inspirational messages in this film, but Derek’s closing message to Kate sings.
‘I love you forever and a day’.
Elton John’s hit playing over footage of Kate’s home being adapted, marks a turning point as she looks to the future.
But the country is going into another lockdown at the end of 2020, and she still has no idea if Derek will make it home.
Speaking after the family’s first Christmas without Derek, Kate says she wants things to go back to ‘whatever the heck normal is’.
“YOU’RE NOT GOING TO DIE”
Derek is sobbing in hospital, saying he can’t cope.
BUT it is incredible to see him expressing emotion and even speaking, considering what his body has been through.
Kate tells him ‘I will save you’ in another spine-tingling moment.
One viewer reacted, saying: “I promise i will save you” #FindingDerek omg my tear ducts and my heart strings cannot cope! How is she so composed?”
Kate’s love for Derek has shone throughout this documentary, but in one beautiful scene she said she would sleep downstairs to be near him.
She also considers giving up work to care for him, saying she will happily be his primary carer if he needs 24 hour care.
Derek is so lucky to have Kate.
‘IT’S A LOTTERY’
Who will get seriously ill and who won’t is impossible to predict.
The only medication is ‘love’ says one man to Kate, whose brother is in intensive care.
Imagine going into hospital and still being there a year later?
Still in pain, not seeing your family in person for a year.
Derek looks incredible as the wires are removed and he comes off the ventilator.
But Kate admits he has ‘dead eyes’ at some points as he slips in and out of consciousness.
ADJUSTING TO A NEW LIFE
Kate considers the challenges of life going on around her as Derek has been ripped away from them.
But every day she is getting closer to being reunited with her husband.
Heartbreaking footage airs of Derek speaking to Kate for the first time, as she screams ‘he’s back!’.
The elation and relief is incredible as Kate sings to Derek in front of their kids.
FEARS FOR FUTURE
Kate says she is worried about the effects stress and anxiety will have on the health of family.
Trauma, post traumatic stress will be experienced by Derek and his family, an expert tells Kate.
And Kate admits: “He will behave different and be physically different, which his family would never wish on them.”
Kate is seen in tears for the first time in the documentary as she reveals Derek’s breakthrough.
The scene has left people at home ‘in bits’ as Derek’s first word was ‘pain’.
One said: “We all think it’s awful being stuck in the house. At least we’re not stuck in a hospital bed only able to mouth “pain”. I’m in absolute bits.”
KATE SAVES DAILY PAPERS FOR DEREK
Kate told viewers she keeps a newspaper from every day that husband Derek is in hospital so he can read them when he returns home.
She told how “it’s like a little capsule of time” for the former political lobbyist.
She added: “If he can wake up and if he can begin to piece things together, maybe it will help him process the time that’s passed.”
Kate’s GMG co-star and friend of 20 years Ben recalled the moment Kate told him Derek was in hospital.
He shared his disbelief as the pair discussed how they assumed Derek would be ‘fine’ and come home within a few days, having heard so many stories of recovery.
Ben admitted “no one knew” they would be where they are now with Derek becoming the UK’s longest Covid sufferer.
Kate and Derek’s son said he “hopes his dad will get better and play lego with him”.
Meanwhile, Darcey hoped her dad would be home before Christmas last year.
One viewer said: “Lost for words. Stay strong.”
PREPARE TO CRY
Viewers are already preparing to cry as Kate opened up about Derek’s life.
The psychotherapist was seen on Good Morning Britain supporting Kate during her time in I’m A Celeb – just three months before he fell ill.
One viewer said: “This is just absolutely heartbreaking #KateGarraway #FindingDerek”
INSIDE KATE’S HOME
Kate opens the documentary from her sofa in her North London home, and says she hasn’t brushed her hair in three days.
She says Derek is in a vegetative coma and it’s “grim”.
She adds: “It’s important people see it, not to scare people, as Derek is an extreme case”.
KATE’S FRIENDS SHARE SUPPORT
Kate has received messages of support as Finding Derek airs now on ITV.
The presenter shared a message on Instagram, and people quickly got in touch.
Reality star Jess Wright, whose parents had Covid and Uncle passed away from the disease, said: “Bless you Kate ❤️ sending so much love to you & your family as always. Tonight will be inspiring to watch x x x x”
Another person said: “Sending you lots of love I will be watching tonight , I lost my dad in March last year right at the start , couldn’t visit or be with him when he passed away I’m beside myself with grief still xx”
KINDNESS OF STRANGERS
Kate opened up about how the kindness of strangers has helped her to remain strong over an extremely difficult and “dark” 12 months.
She said: “In the darkest of times you can find goodness and love just when you need it most and helping each other is the only way we will get through this grimmest of times.
“I’ve learnt about the kindness of strangers. It has been the toughest of times for me and my family, as it has for so many others and the good wishes and sympathy from viewers and listeners has really helped.
“To know so many people are thinking of me and sending love has given me hope and strength and I’m very grateful.”
KATE PRAISES INCREDIBLE MUMS
Kate recently has praised “incredible mums” during the “most challenging year ever”.
The presenter, who is a judge for the Fabulous Mum of the Year Award, told Fabulous: “Being a judge and choosing a winner this year was unbelievably difficult, and probably the hardest yet.
“The last 12 months really has shown us just how many incredible mums from all walks of life are out there.
“Every single one of them, going above and beyond to help others in time of need, even during one of the most challenging years of everybody’s lives.”
KATE CAN’T SLEEP
Kate only recently returned to Good Morning Britain after revealing that she’d been given extended time off because she’d been struggling to sleep.
The 53-year-old has been balancing work duties with raising her two children while Derek remains in hospital.
The difficult circumstances left Kate feeling run down and she was given time to recharge at home.
“ITV gave me time off as I hadn’t been feeling well,” she explained.
“The chickens came home to roost after long year, and I just took some holiday at home. I had a lot of sleep and medicine and feeling much better.”
KATE HITS BACK
Kate recently said she struggled to sleep after a row with a GMB guest over vaccine passports.
The heated debate also saw commentator Dominique Samuel accuse Kate of being pro passport, snapping “well you keep interrupting me”.
But Kate argued: “There are people who don’t want to take the vaccine but you know we’re in a situation where we’re all having to do things we’d rather not do…
“We don’t want to stay at home, we don’t want to be in lockdown, a lot of people don’t want to wear masks, a lot people don’t want to do all sorts of things.
“We’d love to go see our loved ones, but we can’t. We’d love to go visit the people in hospital, there are many, many sacrifices people are making.”
She concluded: “The argument would be… that if you choose not to have the vaccine, that is your choice, but it has consequences.”
Watching from home, fellow GMB host Piers Morgan wrote: “I think Dominique should surrender her normal passport.”
ANTI VAXXERS “SHOULD WATCH”
GMB viewers have called for “anti maskers, anti vaxxers and covid deniers” to watch show host Kate and her husband Derek’s ITV documentary.
People on Twitter are also sending their support ahead of the programme.
One said: “Sending all love to @kategarraway ahead of the show about Derek tonight. Such a sad time but I for one take inspiration and hope from you, Kate, and of course from Derek – and I know people all over the country will feel seen tonight too.”
Another wrote: “Can’t wait for #findingderek tonight on @ITV #nhsworker #thenumbersarenownames”
KATE APPLAUDS HER CHILDREN
Kate has applauded her ‘extraordinary’ children for their reaction to ITV’s Finding Derek.
Ahead of the airing of the one-off programme, Kate discussed how the couple’s kids Darcey, 15, and Billy, 11, have coped with their dad’s year in hospital.
She said: “They are fundamentally extraordinary. You know, every child is extraordinary, every parent thinks their child is extraordinary, I think they’ve coped tremendously well.
“I mean, the simple act of talking on a FaceTime to a dad who’s very changed, it’s a huge one. They cope with it in their different ways, they’re amazing.
She added: “They’ve both seen it, the documentary, I wanted to make sure they had felt comfortable with it.”
A TOUGH WATCH
Viewers are preparing for a sad and uncomfortable watch tonight in ITV’s documentary Finding Derek.
Brave Kate has asked people to reach out to her with their reactions.
She said on Twitter today: “Thank you so much for all your lovely comments – your support means so much to me and others.
“I hope you find some comfort and hope from the doc #findingderek tonight @ITV and do get in touch with me to share your thoughts – either here or email me [email protected]”
WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS
Kate has revealed it could be 2022 before doctors know what Derek’s future holds.
She might not learn the true extent of her husband’s future until two years time.
Tonight’s tear-jerking ITV documentary Finding Derek will see the mum-of-two give viewers an “intimate insight” into her family coping with the impact of Covid-19.
But Kate remains hopeful that her husband will make a normal recovery.
CLOSE TO HOME
Kate’s co-stars Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard were moved to tears on GMB today as they read out tributes to loved ones lost to Covid.
As they discussed how the country has been affected during the pandemic, the tributes from loved ones seemed to hit home with Ben, 46, and Susanna, 50.
Susanna shared: “You have been getting in touch this morning with your memories of people who have been lost. Dan says I lost my mum last year on the 23rd March.
“The days leading up to it I will never forget. Mum lasted until Mother’s Day. She passed during the night. This day will be etched in my mind forever.”
Ben continued: “Nat has contacted us saying my husband died during the pandemic. My young children are fatherless, I am a widow, it’s absolutely heartbreaking, the loss is unbearable.”