Kate Garraway says Derek Draper was almost left paralysed by rare brain inflammation during Covid battle

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Kate Garraway has revealed that husband Derek Draper was almost left paralysed by a rare brain inflammation as he battled Coronavirus.

The broadcaster, who said she ignored Piers Morgan's advice, made the revelation in her new book The Power of Hope.

The 53 year old wrote that there were "fluffy white clouds floating in the top part of his head" after doctors found a small bleed on his brain.

She said: "This, they told me, was a unique historical event, a one-off splurge of inflammation, and the fact that it showed up in some form on the earlier CT scans from back in April meant it happened right at the start when Derek was first on ECMO [life support]."

Doctors warned the mum-of-two that if the infection had reached Derek's spinal cord or brain, he would have been paralysed.

Derek's condition was so rare that doctors were unable to detect the inflammation caused by Coronavirus.

The Good Morning Britain host recently said that her biggest fear of Derek returning home was that he wouldn't remember her or their children.

He returned home in April after spending more than a year in hospital where he was put into an induced coma and his loved ones were told he was unlikely to survive.

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Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning, Kate said: "I dreaded he wouldn't remember us, which sounds selfish, but that life you've built together – family and friends – to think if he'd lost that and we'd be caring for him at home and we'd be strangers."

However, the former GMTV presenter admitted he remembered her and their two children Darcey, 15, and William, 11.

She continued: "He's still him, he remembers lots of details and reacts to things the kids do in the same way.

"He adores and loves us and wants to be there, but you get into philosophical thoughts about what makes a person a person."

Kate, who praised her 'hero' children for making their dad smile, added: "One of the great tragedies and ironies is Derek has always been about his brain, his extraordinary way of looking at the world, his ability to assess situations, he’s colourful and loud from his time in politics.

“In recent years he has been devoted to mental health and psychology, looking at mind and body… it’s very hard to know, we’re having to have a new relationship with him."

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