Derek Draper's anniversary card to Kate Garraway gives fans 'hope' despite 'terrible state'

Viewers of Piers Morgan’s Life Stories were in tears tonight as they watched Kate Garraway speak about husband Derek Draper on the show.

Appearing on Piers ‘ last show, Kate said that Derek contracting Covid at the beginning of 2020 has “devastated” him and that he has been affected “from the top of his head to the tip of his toe”.

She revealed that, despite returning home, Derek is still unable to fully communicate and has issues with mobility.

However, Kate told Piers that Derek had picked out an anniversary card to give her, leaving fans in floods of tears as they said that him doing so gave them hope.

One tweeted: “Seeing the card Derek Draper picked out and signed for Kate Garraway on their anniversary, despite being so seriously ill, is such a testament to the love they share. That was so humbling. I shall miss #LifeStories. It can really give you perspective on the trials people endure.”

While another wrote: “I was doing so well up until they showed the card.”

Derek Draper's anniversary card to Kate Garraway gives fans 'hope' despite 'terrible state'
© ITV Kate Garraway opened up to Piers Morgan about Derek

A third commented: “Derek’s anniversary card shows there is hope! My tears are flowing. Very emotional watching this as somebody who has #LongCovid.”

“Derek picking out a card that says “So Proud of you” for Kate and His wedding anniversary. I am in tears. #LifeStories,” another tweeted.

Derek Draper's anniversary card to Kate Garraway gives fans 'hope' despite 'terrible state'
© pixel8000 Derek is suffering from Long Covid

One commented: “Derek’s Anniversary card. I have dust in my eye! #LifeStories.”

During the episode, Kate – who is mum to 15-year-old Darcey and 12-year-old Bill, said: “It does feel as though I walked through a fiery furnace or fell down a rabbit hole. The world went dark and still looking for the light at the end of the tunnel, really.”

“Derek is thought to be the worst affected living Covid patient in the United Kingdom,” Piers pointed out. “He spent 13 months in hospital – the longest stay of anyone who survived the disease. What has Covid done to your husband?”

“It’s devastated him,” she said. “From the top of his head to the tip of his toe. His digestive system, his liver, his kidneys, his heart, his nervous system. We’re pretty sure that the inflammation did pass through the brain.

“He still can’t communicate, he still has issues with mobility. Fundamentally, he’s in a terrible state. Look, he’s alive, Piers.”

*Life Stories is available on ITV Hub

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