Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper sleeping in hospital bed in the lounge after ‘spending thousands’ converting home

KATE Garraway’s husband Derek Draper is sleeping in a hospital bed in the lounge after she "spent thousands" converting their home.

The 53-year-old TV presenter has been busy preparing to welcome back by making space for his wheelchair.

Derek, 53, returned home this week where he will continue to receive round-the-clock care at the family’s adapted property in North London.

Speaking about Derek reuniting with their children after a year in intensive care, Kate told Good Morning Britain today: “They’ve both just not stopped cuddling him and actually it was a very late night… we were all lying in a bed, I came back downstairs to sleep in the same room as Derek.

"Bill said, and Darcey agreed, they both just said, ‘Mum, he is home, let’s just take that in, he’s home’ and I said, ‘Yes, he is, that’s great’. They’re just delighted he’s home. I’m trying to balance the emotions of the next stage.

"We’ve got to stay positive and have hope. We’ll get there. He’s here!”

Kate revealed he has been taken off all machines, but his body had been ravaged by the virus.

Doctors reported that he had been “universally affected” — meaning his lungs, heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas had all been hit by Covid.

And, at his worst, hospital staff feared Derek may remain in a semi-vegetative state forever.

The Sun can reveal that Kate — who has bravely continued working throughout much of her husband’s illness — has spent thousands of pounds adapting their home for his return.

She also faces medical bills running into the tens of thousands as Derek fights to get back to full fitness.

Kate spent thousands adapting their home where Derek is sleeping downstairs in a hospital bed, and will use a makeshift wet room for showering.

Last month in Kate's moving ITV documentary, Finding Derek, she showed the work in progress.

She said today: "We’re in the kitchen, as you can see we’ve got sofas in our kitchen and our front room is now his bedroom.

"I thought I’d got it really ready and then the experts arrived and said, ‘Right we’ve got to get all this out’ because obviously you know chairs and sofas and everything have to go because there’s a lot of kit, there’s a huge amount of kit that comes with him.

"So, I think the next two and three days I’ll be putting lots of things in plastic boxes. But it’s all fantastic.”

Kate admitted she hasn't slept since his return 48 hours ago as they get used to life as a family-of-four again.

"He can’t really move," said Kate.

"We do need a lot of help. And it’s not just help with looking after him, because it is 24-hour care, and I haven’t really slept as you can probably tell.

"I will ease off, I’m just very aware at the moment and it’s a whole new team.

"So he’s probably got a little bit used to the people in hospital and so it’s a new team now that are working with him and helping him to come through. 

“It’s going to take a lot of adjustment. But on top of the care side, there’s the very specialised therapeutic intervention, which will have to come in to make sure that this isn’t just about getting him with us for us, it’s hoping that actually this will prompt… some recovery.

"He’s definitely sort of plateaued at this level. Obviously we’re very grateful for this level but want to see if we can move forward, if we can get him speaking more, able to move more and see what we can draw out.

"It’s going to be very slow and a bit of wait and see. The physiotherapy, the occupational therapy, neuropsychology as well and speech and language therapy all working on a programme.

"What they’ve said is purpose is what they hope will come in, so when they see the children playing, will it perhaps prompt him more to say, ‘What you building with your Lego, Bill?’ or ‘What are you doing Darcey?’ rather than a forced situation in a vacuum in a room with people in PPE.”

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