Kate Garraway reveals son, Billy, 10, sleeps beside his dad Derek Draper’s empty bed while he is in c
WHEN GMB presenter Kate Garraway’s son Billy returns to primary school tomorrow for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out, it will be a particularly poignant moment.
For Billy, ten, is usually walked to school by his dad, Derek Draper, who is still in a coma ten weeks after contracting the virus.
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“Derek is such an amazing dad. He’s brilliant with the kids, and that’s one of the reasons why this is so hard. It just doesn’t feel right without him,” says Kate, 53, whose early starts on breakfast TV meant her husband, 52, was in charge of the morning routine.
“One of the things that makes it so sad is that I know he would have loved this, our time together in lockdown. He was never happier than being in this house, just the four of us,” she adds, smiling sadly.
“He is such a homebody. He would say, ‘It’s just you, me and the kids’ and he’d be so happy just pottering about, being here and doing a bit of work on his computer.
“Much as he loved his friends and going out, he loved coming back home.”
Psychologist Derek was hospitalised at the end of March after becoming worryingly breathless and, because of strict hospital hygiene rules, his family haven’t seen him in person since.
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