Kate Garraway ‘uncertain’ how to help Derek as she made desperate call to Dr Hilary
Dr Hilary Jones recalls telling Derek Draper to go to A&E
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Good Morning Britain’s resident medic, Dr Hilary Jones, spoke about the moment Kate Garraway called him for help as Derek struggled to breathe at the start of his battle with COVID-19. As Kate publishes her books, The Power of Hope, Dr Hilary recalled speaking to Kate on the phone and the test he did with Derek to confirm if he needed to go to hospital.
He explained to hosts Adil Ray and Susanna Reid: “I thought it would be better to speak to the person themselves to gage what was going on.
“Kate was clearly uncertain as to what to do next. She was being stoical.
“They’d talked about it, they’d made some decisions; he was sleeping in his own bedroom to isolate from the rest of the family and she was unsure as to the next step to take.”
While the family were taking precautions, Dr Hilary asked if he could do his own test with Derek.
“I said, ‘Let me speak to Derek,’” he continued.
“She passed the phone to Derek and I could hear how breathless he was.
“I told him to hold his breath to see how long he could do that for and how he felt, generally.
“He could hold his breath for eight seconds.”
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Realising Derek had to go to hospital, Dr Hilary remarked: “At that moment, and looking at the history, until that point, I knew that he needed to go into hospital.
“However, they had attributed some of his chest pain to a different situation – a shoulder injury, which they told me about.”
Dr Hilary noted “this didn’t add up to me,” and he knew it was imperative Derek received urgent medical help.
“I thought it was a coincidental thing and I thought we needed to get him to hospital as soon as possible,” he added.
“So I spoke to him then and I said, ‘Look, I think you need to make this call.’”
Derek is back at home with Kate and their two children, Darcey and Billy, as he continues with his recovery.
Speaking on GMB last week, Kate explained she “doesn’t want to tempt fate” after Derek made a breakthrough.
“It feels positive. So little moments of reaction and he actually said something the other day,” she explained.
“I walked in the other day to say I was off to work and he said, ‘New dress?’ which was just amazing. And it was [a new dress].
“I thought that was amazing on so many levels because he recognised it. Second, he remembered and realised I need a lot of flattery.”
However Kate is aware Derek’s recovery will take a long time, adding: “So far, it’s so good but I don’t want to tempt fate.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am.
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