Over the past few years, the country has been closely following the tragic story of Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper and his horrific battle with Covid-19.
The doting partner first contracted the deadly virus back in March 2020 during the first outbreak of the illness which had travelled to the UK.
As the global pandemic wrecked Great Britain, the dad-of-two was rushed into hospital after he suffered extreme breathing difficulties.
While he battled with the illness, Derek was forced into intensive care a week before he was put into a coma to rest his lungs which he stayed in until July 2020.
But it wasn’t until April 2021 that the loving husband was able to return to his family home in North London.
Over the course of the year and a half that Derek was in hospital, the broadcaster was forced to adapt to his new needs which included round-the-clock care.
Because of this the Good Morning Britain star “spent thousands” on completely transforming their home to suit the former lobbyist’s needs as he continues to recover at home.
Now, nearly one year after he returned home from hospital, Daily Star has taken a look inside the drastic changes made to the loving home in the heart of London.
In her heartbreaking documentary Finding Derek which aired last year, Kate showcased some of the drastic changes being made to the property ahead of his return later that month.
One of the first changes which was made to the house was the wheelchair lift which has completely transformed how the doting dad accesses the house.
Another essential addition to the home was a large open-planned wet room which would give Derek the privacy and access to a spacious bathroom for him to use with the help of his round-the-clock care.
The blonde belle also transformed the ground floor lounge into his new bedroom, which has been fitted with a top-of-the-range hospital bed for him after the virus caused permanent damage to his muscles.
At the time the documentary was being filmed, the wet room was still being constructed by builders who were seen plastering the walls and preparing to instal a new toilet downstairs.
During the show, Kate explained: “At the moment, what we’re doing, we’ve got an occupational therapist that deals with the layout of the home, looking at putting in a wet room – basically, ground floor living.
“He’ll either be on a stretcher or a wheelchair. And also, they’re trying to figure out how to put a lift in the garden.
It was at this point that the loving wife revealed that she was also having a “put-me-up bed” installed in the downstairs bedroom so that she could sleep beside her husband again.
Other features in the home include floor-to-ceiling windows which allow Derek to look out into the garden while his and Kate’s children Darcey, 16, and Billy, 12, play outside.
In a recent instalment of Good Morning Britain, the TV host told her co-star Ben Shepherd that a team of carers will regularly coming into the house to tend to Derek and described it as like “having a ward at home now because he needs so much equipment.”
But it’s clear to see that the loving mum has poured her heart and soul into the reconstruction of her home as she picked small mosaic tiles that are Derek’s favourite for the new bathroom.
It is now understood that the news anchor could be facing medical bills of up to thousands of pounds after her husband’s battle with coronavirus.
In November 2020, Kate explained: One of the practical problems – which a lot of people would’ve experienced if they’ve got the absence of someone in their life – like many things the car is entirely in Derek’s name, the insurance is in Derek’s name, a lot of our bank accounts.
“There are a lot of financial goings that I've talked to you both about going on, which is making life very complicated because I can’t get access to things.”
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