Kate Garraway praises ‘hero’ children for making their dad Derek Draper smile in ‘reassuring way’ amid Covid battle

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Kate Garraway has praised her "hero" children for making their dad Derek Draper smile in a "reassuring way" amid his battle with coronavirus.

Derek was forced to stay in the hospital for a year after contracting the deadly virus and has only recently been allowed to return home.

Speaking to Iain Dale on radio station LBC, the 53-year-old proudly sang the praises of her children – Darcey, 15, and 11-year-old William.

The TV personality confessed that the youngsters were making the most of Derek's return by frequently making time to talk and hug their father.

Kate also explained that the duo are helping Derek with his recovery by making him smile in a "reassuring way" at things he would have found entertaining before he was placed in a coma last year.

The broadcaster's praise for her children comes after a challenging year, in which Derek himself "feared for his life every second".

The mum-of-two previously revealed a text Derek sent her before he was put into an induced coma, which read: "It is second after second of being locked in a mask thinking every second you're going to die. I think they now may want to put me to sleep."

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She also shared further heart-breaking texts from her husband, 53, while he was on the ward, telling fans that he even planned his funeral from his hospital bed.

He said: "I want you at the funeral, but I'm not sure about the children. It is unimaginable. I literally feel like I'm drowning and every breath is my last."

Doctors later confirmed that Derek's battle with the virus would be a long one.

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Writing in her memoir – which is being serialised in the Mail On Sunday – Kate revealed that a member of the Royal family reached out to help with Derek's recovery.

She didn't specifically name the Royal in question, as she wrote: "One day I received a letter from a member of the Royal Family, offering the services of a Royal physician."

"How lovely, I thought, although it seemed utterly surreal,' she added.

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