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Kate Garraway has revealed her husband Derek Draper can still barely talk almost a month after returning home from hospital.

Derek, 53, was taken to hospital last March after contracting coronavirus and remained there for over a year due to complications from the disease.

Good Morning Britain host Kate, also 53, has now called their two children "heroes" after they adapted their communication skills so they can converse with their father, who is still unable to speak much.

Brave Kate opened up on how daughter Darcey, 15, and son Billy, 11, have reacted to Derek's return home from intensive care after a year.

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Speaking on Zoe Ball's Radio 2 show on Wednesday, she said: "He isn't really able to speak at the moment so he can't tell them off.

"I have to be the bad guy!," she joked, before admitting: "They are my heroes.


"They know instinctively how to talk to him but not ask too much from him," she continued.

Kate also added how Derek is still in need of 24 hour care, with carers visiting the family around the clock, continuing: "The hope is he will be able to progress."

The former I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star also spoke to Iain Dale on LBC to promote her new book, The Power of Hope, once again singing the praises of her children.

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Kate confessed that the youngsters were making the most of Derek's return by frequently making time to talk and hug their father.

She also explained that the duo are helping Derek with his recovery by making him smile in a "reassuring way" at things he would have found entertaining before he was placed in a coma last year.

The broadcaster's praise for her children comes after a challenging year, in which Derek himself "feared for his life every second".

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The mum-of-two previously revealed a text Derek sent her before he was put into an induced coma, which read: "It is second after second of being locked in a mask thinking every second you're going to die. I think they now may want to put me to sleep."

She also shared further heart-breaking texts from her husband while he was on the ward, telling fans that he even planned his funeral from his hospital bed.

He said: "I want you at the funeral, but I'm not sure about the children. It is unimaginable. I literally feel like I'm drowning and every breath is my last."

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