Kate Garraway gives update on husband Derek Draper's health amid heartbreaking speech battle

KATE Garraway shared an update on husband Derek Draper's health battle during an interview with The Bill star Chris Ellison. 

The actor, best known for playing DCI Frank Burnside, is suffering from aphasia – the same speech debilitating illness as Hollywood action movie Bruce Willis.

Aphasia is when parts of the brain to do with language are damaged and it can sometimes develop after a stroke or head injury.

During a conversation with Chris and his wife Anita, Kate shared the fact that Derek, who survived Covid after a year in hospital, also finds it hard to communicate.

She said: "In a sense Derek – because of Covid – has a version of this where he can understand, sometimes do odd words, but can't express himself.

"It's very interesting what you say Anita about the loneliness of that because you've lost that relationship and that ability for others to see your partner."

Read more TV stories

GMB fans insist Richard Madeley is ‘feuding’ with Kate Garraway

GMB fans baffled as Susanna Reid vanishes and is replaced by big-name co-star

Chris was diagnosed with aphasia after a severe stroke in the summer of 2020.

In his first TV appearance since revealing his aphasia battle, the 75-year-old attempted to reply to questions, which he is still fully able to understand.

GMB host Richard asked him if he felt better now people knew about his struggle but he struggled to reply, leaving Anita to step in and help him.

Most read in TV


Lord Sugar cuts off ANOTHER winner of The Apprentice

aphasia battle

GMB viewers heartbroken as The Bill's DCI Burnside actor struggles to speak


Alison Hammond is ‘praying for her son’ as she pays tribute to rarely seen teen


I was blown away to learn the Queen is my cousin, says The Chase's Anne Hegerty

Anita said that they had become "hermits" as Chris didn't like leaving the house in case someone spoke to him and he was unable to reply.

Kate's husband Derek, 54, returned home from hospital in April 2021 after spending a year in hospital fighting for his life after contracting Covid-19.

Kate revealed in December how her husband manages to speak a few words in rare moments.

Piers Morgan explained in Katie's Life Stories interview: "When I rang you about this interview, without warning me, you said, 'Why don't you talk to Derek?'

Read More on The Sun

Moment plumes of smoke billow into the sky as 70 firefighters rush to blaze

Child dies after being found near Dover cliffs as cops launch investigation

"Derek replied when you said it was me, a very loud, clear 'Hello', and I said a few things to him and the end and he said, 'Thank you'. I was stunned."

"We all were," Kate replied. "The carers that were there with me at the time burst into tears. I don't want to suggest you're a healer Piers but it was remarkable."

Kate went on to explain: "It's moments like that which make you realise he is there – and we have had others.

"He will turn to me and say, 'I love you'. He is there, he has fought so hard to stay in this world and I am not giving up on him, ever."

She added of Derek's occasional conversation: "He will have moments of clarity, then it’s like he disappears but then he finds a voice."

    Source: Read Full Article