Kate Garraway reveals husband Derek Draper has fallen out of his wheelchair

Kate Garraway has revealed her husband Derek Draper fell out of his wheelchair after trying to take him home from hospital in a taxi.

Faced with a five-hour wait for an ambulance after being discharged from hospital, the 55-year-old presenter revealed she tried to expedite things by taking her spouse home herself while he was back after contracting the virus in 2012 2020 continues to fight long against Covid.

Kate’s revelation came as she and co-host Ben Shephard discussed the long waits many patients faced when calling an ambulance, with many booking taxis instead despite being advised against it.

'Troubling moment': Kate Garraway has revealed her husband Derek Draper fell out of his wheelchair amid health issues which have left him ill with Covid since 2020

‘Troubling moment’: Kate Garraway has revealed her husband Derek Draper fell out of his wheelchair amid health issues which have left him ill with Covid since 2020

Speaking on Friday morning, Kate was exploring the possibility of sending taxis to 999 calls.

GP Anita Rajaj, who works in Birmingham, argued that people should not be encouraged to hop on the back of a taxi, instead emergency services should be in a good position to handle the volume of calls.

Kate said: “I understand Dr. Anita and I think we would all appreciate what you say, but what would you advise as a GP – someone is facing a wait, afraid it’s cardiac arrest, not strong enough or they don’t drive. What would you advise?’

She then added: “What they both raised is that there is increasing pressure on individuals to make medical decisions.

Loved one: Facing a five-hour wait for an ambulance after being discharged from hospital, the presenter revealed she was trying to expedite things by taking her spouse home

Loved one: Facing a five-hour wait for an ambulance after being discharged from hospital, the presenter revealed she was trying to expedite things by taking her spouse home

“I’ve used a lot of cabs for Derek and hospital appointments because mobility services are very, very late. And ambulances are late.

“But if you try to book a staff car, you can sometimes wait five hours for them to take you home from the hospital.

“He was in a lot of pain, it was unbearable – so we took a taxi home from the hospital and we went over a speed bump and he slid out of the wheelchair.”

Co-host Ben Shephard asked: “[Is it] something you never thought possible?’

Kate replies: “Well, it’s hard, isn’t it? It’s hard to deal with. You want someone with you to sort it out.

“I was really lucky because the cab driver was a black cab driver with mobility access – his father, whom he had cared for after suffering a stroke.

Kate Garraway clashed with Labor frontbencher Emily Thornberry today over her husband Derek Draper's treatment at a private hospital during his tense battle with coronavirus

Kate Garraway clashed with Labor frontbencher Emily Thornberry today over her husband Derek Draper’s treatment at a private hospital during his tense battle with coronavirus

“So he was really good at dealing with someone with this condition. We both dragged him back into the wheelchair, strapped him in and took him home.

“But I was like, ‘Gosh,’ because taxi drivers have often said, ‘I don’t want to deal with this.’

‘I’m not even sure I should look into it!’

When asked if she felt like she should have waited for emergency care, Kate said: “Well I don’t know because he was in such distress and pain.

“I think you have to make calls all the time as individuals that you really know you’re not qualified to do, and it’s very difficult.”

Kate did not specify when the incident happened. MailOnline has reached out to their representatives for comment.

Earlier this week, Kate clashed with Labor frontbencher Emily Thornberry over her husband Derek Draper’s treatment at a private hospital during his tense battle with coronavirus.

She challenged the shadow prosecutor over Sir Keir Starmer’s radical plan to tackle the huge backlog by outsourcing to private hospitals.

Asked if the policy amounted to privatisation, Ms Thornberry insisted: ‘It is not.

“If you wait six months for your hip to be replaced and there aren’t enough beds in a National Health Service hospital and some beds in a private hospital, we’re saying the NHS will pay for excess capacity in private hospitals to shorten the waiting list. It’s just completely pragmatic politics.

In response, Ms Garraway said: “I know from personal experience because when Derek was first ill and had to be taken to hospital there was no room on any ward for the treatment he needed. And so practically everything was nationalized back then.

“But after a while the private hospitals said they couldn’t pay it and so it ended, it went back. And that seemed like a sensible way to go.’

Last month, an emotional Kate broke down while discussing husband Derek’s health struggle.

The Good Morning hostess admitted there is “no end point” to his caring and her new way of life can be “tiring” for those around her.

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The Good Morning UK presenter challenged the Shadow Attorney General over Sir Keir Starmer’s radical plan to tackle the huge backlog by outsourcing to private hospitals

Derek is one of the longest-suffering Covid patients in the UK, having been hospitalized with the virus in March 2020 and only returning to the family home in London in April 2021, where he is receiving 24-hour care.

She told host Lorraine Kelly: “The thing is, when it’s a long fight like Derek’s, there’s no end and it can be exhausting for the people around me too. I know sometimes people say, “Oh, she’s talking about it again,” but what I’ve learned is that you only really know how it feels when you’re there.

“And now I’m being contacted by thousands and thousands of people who make me feel less alone.”

Discussing Derek’s current health status after being hospitalized with sepsis, she said: “It’s a long attack. I can see he’s got better days, he’s got worse days. Luckily he’s home now. It was a long struggle to bring him back home.

Derek is one of the longest-suffering Covid patients in the UK, having been hospitalized with the virus in March 2020 and only returning to the family home in London in April 2021, where he is receiving 24-hour care

Derek is one of the longest-suffering Covid patients in the UK, having been hospitalized with the virus in March 2020 and only returning to the family home in London in April 2021, where he is receiving 24-hour care

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