Good Morning Britain’s Kate Garraway has admitted she faced a “tough dilemma” over caring for her husband Derek Draper as she worried about the next step in his battle with the long Covid
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Kate Garraway faced a “tough dilemma” about caring for her husband Derek Draper as she worried about the next step.
Good Morning Britain presenter Derek’s spouse was hospitalized with coronavirus back in March 2020 and although he has recovered from the virus himself he still requires long term and 24/7 care as he struggling with a range of health problems.
As Kate discussed a guest’s own plight to pay for private care for back surgery after a long wait on the list, the presenter admitted she struggled with knowing what was right for Derek.
“Not only are you in excruciating pain, I would imagine you are very concerned about how this is going to play out,” she said as she and her co-host Ben Shepherd discussed the issue of paying for private health care and treatment .
“Because it’s an operation which, if you didn’t have it, could have resulted in more damage that you might have felt.”
She added: “You’re hanging on a balance. I mean a dilemma of accessing private medicine or continuing to wait for the NHS. I don’t know what you’ve been through, but it’s a conversation I’ve had with Derek’s treatment.”
Kate admitted it was a “tough question” for many people deciding whether to go down the private route.
“It’s so difficult because if you don’t have that money, what do you do at this point? But then again, there’s no price for being in pain and being in good health, is there?” she explained.
Meanwhile, Kate previously admitted she worries about “running out of money” while taking care of Derek.
“Due to his extreme health needs he has 24 hour care so someone has to be up at night and someone has to be up during the day and I can’t be up 24 hours so it’s fantastic to have that,” Kate explained as she spoke about his health.
She also spoke about her and Derek’s trip to Mexico, where he was treated by a specialist.
“It hit a real low point when I was like, ‘Oh god, this isn’t sustainable. The system, I mean, I don’t think we can have 24-hour care forever, you know, there’s a point where the money runs out!” She added, “It’s a big moment, me thought ‘this is not sustainable’ and if there isn’t the structure there to help in the long term what are we actually going to do? Because we can’t give up on him.”
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