Kate Garraway worried husband Derek Draper would think she was a stranger caring for him

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Kate Garraway has said her biggest fear was that Derek Draper would not remember her or their children and think that they were strangers caring for him.

The Good Morning Britain presenter’s husband Derek recently returned home after spending more than a year in hospital being treated for coronavirus where he was put into an induced coma and she was told he was unlikely to survive.

But despite being overjoyed that he is back at home, she revealed that she was terrified of him not knowing who she was.

Talking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning on Thursday, Kate said: “I dreaded he wouldn’t remember us, which sounds selfish, but that life you’ve built together – family and friends – to think if he’d lost that and we’d be caring for him at home and we’d be strangers.”

However, Kate, 53, said that luckily he remembered her and their children, Darcey, 15 and William, 11, well.

She said: “He’s still him, he remembers lots of details and reacts to things the kids do in the same way.

“He adores and loves us all and wants to be there, but you get into philosophical thoughts about what makes a person a person.”

Asked how much of Derek she expected to get back as his recovery continued, she admitted: “I don’t know.

“One of the great tragedies and ironies is Derek has always been about his brain, his extraordinary way of looking at the world, his ability to assess situations, he’s colourful and loud from his time in politics.

“In recent years he has been devoted to mental health and psychology, looking at mind and body… it’s very hard to know, we’re having to have a new relationship with him.”

Derek now needs 24-hour care and Kate said that although her children had amazed her with how well they had coped, one moment with daughter Darcey had worried her.

She said: “Darcey at one point said, ‘Mummy, are you going to kill yourself?’ Out of the blue.

“She is really blunt, she’ll always go to the worst thing she could imagine and then work her way back.”

Kate added that she had found strength in the support that friends, colleagues and strangers had offered her.

She said: “I’m not sure what the alternative to keeping going is, folding doesn’t feel like an option even though in quiet moments I’ve cried and thought I can’t do it.

“What’s got me through is fixing a target and thinking I don’t know what it is but we’re going to get through this and have some kind of life, the children and I.”

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