Kate Garraway’s teenage daughter won’t give up hope dad Derek ‘will get better’

Kate Garraway and husband Derek Draper’s daughter has not given up hope that her dad will get better and come back home.

Darcey, 15, and Billy, 11, have coped incredibly well with a tough situation, reports the Mirror.

Speaking in the ITV documentary Finding Derek, Darcey said: “I’ve not really thought the worst. I’ve always thought he will get better and get back. It’s not really scary in the way he looks scary, it’s just scary in the way we might lose him.”

Their son Billy added: “I really want him back, but I don’t know if he will get better or not.”

The family use an iPad to stay in touch with one another while lockdown restrictions prevent them from visiting him in hospital.

"I’ll prop the iPad up on the kitchen table and the three of us will have our tea and have Dad there. I feel that the sounds of home, even if it’s not directly talking at him, must be very comforting," said Kate.

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Using the tablet, Derek is able to be a part of his children’s lives, and viewers will seem him watch them practicing dance moves, talking about school and building a giant Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon.

Kate knows there is a long fight ahead, but is determined not to give up.

She said: “What’s the choice? Give up? Leave him just to be lost? I know he wouldn’t do that to me and, of course, that’s not an option.

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“I just know there are moments in life where you simply have to crack on. You wouldn’t live with yourself if you didn’t feel you had done all you can.

“And, also, I feel there is definite hope. There’s something to work towards.

“I’m not just flailing around. There’s hope there. It is life, isn’t it? It is life. There are times when you have to fight – and this is not a time to be napping.”

Derek, a psychologist and psychotherapist, has been dealing with the effects of the coronavirus since March last year.

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Kate said: “I’ve never loved Derek more or feared losing him more. And it’s so ironic because he had dedicated his life to mental good health and tackling mental ill health, and he has got a huge challenge that he couldn’t have predicted ahead of him. We all have.”

She says she hopes that telling her and Derek’s story will help others who are dealing with the effects of the coronavirus.

“I hope that it makes people feel that they can get in touch with me and share their stories because I think that would be lovely and I think that might help.

“I don’t want to scare people because Derek’s situation is extreme, but many others are suffering too. I realise that because of my job I have a chance to speak and to tell my story in a way that perhaps others don’t.

“There are many people who have been impacted by Covid, either with mental health challenges or livelihoods devastated, or all the things that we’ve all been through together. I suppose I’m just speaking on behalf of all of those people as well, really.”

Kate Garraway: Finding Derek is on ITV tonight at 9pm

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