Kate Garraway has revealed her husband’s recent return to hospital was due to “life-threatening” sepsis.
The 55-year-old TV presenter was back on Good Morning Britain after a three-week absence and explained why she “dramatically disappeared” to host Richard Madeley.
Derek Draper, a 54-year-old former political adviser, fell critically ill with coronavirus in March 2020 and although he is now free of the virus, he has suffered long-lasting damage to his organs and requires daily care.
Garraway told Madeley: “I’ve disappeared dramatically and haven’t been here for three weeks now… We were on the air and Derek came out of the hospital, he’s been going to the hospital off and on for a while to look at ways to address the damage caused by Covid in 2020.
“But we didn’t really have medical flares, and then he just wasn’t feeling well.
“He came out of the hospital the day before and[I]got a call from the person who was taking care of him and he said, ‘Right, we’re really worried,’ so I rushed home and it was just, ‘Boom ‘ from there.”
Draper was taken to the hospital, where Garraway said they determined he had “very severe sepsis, life-threatening sepsis.”
Sepsis occurs when the body overreacts to an infection and begins damaging its own tissues and organs.
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It can be fatal and is notoriously difficult to detect.
Garraway said: “So it was really dramatic; brilliant work from the ER, absolutely exceptional because when you have sepsis the big challenge is to find the source of infection quickly and get the right antibiotics and his blood pressure was so low…”.
She explained this through a “process of eliminations and questions,” and after a young doctor asked her what she thought might be the cause, she suggested it could be a urinary infection.
After ruling out her husband had Covid-19 again, she said: “I was wondering if it was a urine infection but oddly we couldn’t get anything for a sample and they just went to ‘kidneys’?
“And it was one of those questions that was so different from all the technical stuff, it was like, ‘What was on your mind?’ and I said that and they looked at each other (and) said kidneys and unfortunately his kidneys were really badly infected, blocked.
“The challenge now is to save her, so we’ve been there for the past three weeks.
“He’s still in the hospital, not in intensive care, awaiting another procedure and looking really good.
“So fingers crossed for everything and especially one kidney looking really good just gotta look at the other and yes he’s still in (a) high dependency (unit).”
Garraway added it’s “not entirely clear yet why he’s only developed this, probably because of Covid, but that’s to come. The most important thing is that we are back on the right side now.”
In an Instagram post on Sunday, ahead of her return to TV, the Smooth Radio presenter also thanked the NHS staff who treated Draper in intensive care and fans for sending messages of support.
Last year, Garraway won an award at the National Television Awards for the documentary Finding Derek about her family’s experiences during the pandemic.
In February this year, the follow-up programme, titled Kate Garraway: Caring for Derek, was broadcast on ITV and documented Draper’s arrival home from hospital as she accompanied Garraway as she navigated the “myriad challenges of the social care system and its complexities”.
The couple married in 2005 and have two children, Darcey and Billy.
Draper’s fight against the virus has garnered a lot of attention and support, including from Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the royal family.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/good-morning-britains-kate-garraway-reveals-husband-in-hospital-with-life-threatening-sepsis-41881634.html Good morning UK’s Kate Garraway reveals husband in hospital with ‘life-threatening’ sepsis