Derek Draper beams on trip to panto with Kate Garraway as he's seen outside for first time since nightmare Covid battle

KATE Garraway's husband Derek Draper looked in good spirits as he joined his family on a trip to the panto.

It is the first time the 54-year-old has been seen outside since returning home after a brutal 13-month stay in hospital.

She was seen pushing him in a wheelchair as they went to see Cinderella at Richmond Theatre with their family.

Joining them for the performance in west London on Wednesday were their children Darcey, 15, and Billy, 12.

Derek, the worst-affected living Covid patient in the UK, was hospitalised after catching the virus in March 2020.

He was later put into a medically-induced coma but after months in intensive care we was allowed home in April this year.

Good Morning Britain host Kate called having him back in the family house was the "greatest gift" she could have received.

However, she revealed they had suffered a "scare" that threatened to put him back in hospital on Christmas Eve.

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Sharing a rare snap of Derek with their children Darcey, 15, and Billy, 12, on Instagram, Kate said she was feeling "grateful" for family time.

She wrote: "So the last 24 hours has been bumpy – a scare that meant Derek might have had to go back into hospital (thankfully sorted by a visit from nurse/carer).

"He has also had one of his ultra fatigue days so has been too weak to do much other than sleep.

"I burnt the parsnips ( Darceys favourite ) & got the 'wrong' Lego for Billy. But now snuggled up around Dad’s bed watching #nativity everything feels suddenly perfect.

"Feel so grateful to have the chance to be together."

Kate, 54, signed off the Christmas Day message: "Sending love & hoping you have found some joy today whatever your circumstances – #merrychristmas all!"

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