Kate Garraway is keeping a newspaper from every day husband Derek is in hospital so he can read them when he comes home

KATE Garraway is making sure her husband Derek Draper will come home to his creature comforts after battling Covid.

Her husband Derek Draper is thought to be the longest surviving Covid-19 inpatient in the UK and his wife has opened up about her family's trauma in a new ITV documentary.

? Read our Kate Garraway and Derek Draper live blog for news and updates ahead of Finding Derek on ITV tonight…

The Good Morning Britain host, took cameras into Derek's "little study" in the new documentary, Kate Garraway: Finding Derek.

As she lead the crew into the "operations room" according to a sign on the door, Kate showed how she had saved all of Derek's Financial Times daily newspapers "which he gets delivered".

"So, they're all waiting for you here Derek, when you come back" Kate said as she stuffed the rolled up newspapers into a plastic storage bag, observing, "I'm going to need another bag."

"Maybe, it's like a little capsule of time."

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."

Derek has beaten Covid but has been unable to gain consciousness from his induced coma and is still in intensive care a year after catching the virus.

He has been left with kidney failure, damage to his liver and pancreas and heart failure.

The dad-of-two also has holes in his lungs from bacterial pneumonia and is fighting off several infections.

Good Morning Britain host Kate opened up about her husband’s health battle saying: “Derek is the sickest person the team of doctors have treated this year.

“Is he going to be able to come back or will he be alive but no longer the person he was?"

The screen fades to black as a caption reads: "One year later, Derek is still in hospital."

The 53-year-old presenter said she aims to help other people who are suffering.

She said: “This virus has impacted every single one of us.

"By telling the story of Derek’s illness and how it has altered our lives, I hope to be able to reach out to others who are suffering.

“If writing about my experience of facing fear, coping day to day with an uncertain future and finding streng­th for the sake of my kids can in some way help another who is feeling lost or in despair, it will mean a lot.”

Kate Garraway: Finding Derek will be available for catch up on ITV Hub.

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