Kate Garraway has shared that when her husband Derek Draper was hospitalised with coronavirus he was found to have a rare brain inflammation.
The Good Morning Britain host, 53, has written about her husband’s health struggles in her new book, The Power of Hope, after Derek spent over a year in hospital battling coronavirus.
Metro reports that scans of her husband’s brain showed areas like “fluffy white clouds floating in the top part of his head” which concerned doctors who initially thought that they could be clots or bleeds on the brain.
It was explained to Kate that clots or bleeds on the brain could occur when patients are put on ECMO, a type of life support machine.
Medics went on to confirm that Derek did in face have a small bleed on the brain, but they were also concerned that the “clouds” might signify Covid inflammation on the brain, which was present when he was first put on ECMO.
Kate wrote: “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.”
The Good Morning Britain host said that the infection hadn’t reached his spinal cord or brain stem and that doctors told her that if it had, it could have permanently affected her husband’s ability to control his movement.
In April of 2020, scientists began warning of a link between neurological conditions and Covid.
Derek has returned to living at home with his wife and their town children after his hospital recovery started to go “backwards”.
Kate has given an update this week, with his condition making “miraculous” improvements.
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On a This Morning appearence, the TV host said: “There are things that he does which are miraculous, he remembers extraordinary things.
“He is saying some words but it’s definitely not a conversation and he is physically very changed, everything has to be done for him.
“So we have a different life.”