Viewers in tears as Derek Draper speaks to camera for the first time about his Covid battle before Kate Garraway describes moment of his death in latest documentary: 'I regret every minute of not holding his hand'

Kate Garraway's latest documentary made for emotional viewing as the presenter described her late husband Derek Draper's final year of life Tuesday night.

The presenter explained that it was Derek's choice to make the latest documentary, Kate Garraway: Derek's Story, after Kate previously documented her husband's illness since he was first diagnosed with long Covid-19 in 2020.

The former political lobbyist is one of the worst-hit cases of Covid in Britain, and as the program started, Derek confessed he wanted to make this final documentary to 'be heard'.

And as the documentary began, viewers saw Derek speak for the first time since his battle with the virus, which attacked every organ in his body.

In heartbreaking scenes, viewers saw Derek's health improve slightly before he went into cardiac arrest last December, leading to his death in January.

Viewers were left in tears as Derek Draper spoke to camera for the first time about his battle with Covid, before Kate Garraway described the moment of his death in the latest documentary on Tuesday night

In heartbreaking scenes, viewers saw Derek's health improve slightly before he went into cardiac arrest last December, leading to his death in January.

In heartbreaking scenes, viewers saw Derek's health improve slightly before he went into cardiac arrest last December, leading to his death in January.

Describing the moment after his death, Kate admitted she felt no relief.

“Many people say, to comfort me, 'It must be a relief, in a sense, that he's no longer in pain, and for you, your day isn't consumed by taking care of him.'

'But there is no relief. The one thing Derek has taught me is to never give up on what is right.

'It's not about Derek or me, it's about having a society where caring is not a luxury, we're all going to need it.'

Shedding light on Britain's crippling healthcare system, she added: 'The one thing Derek has taught me is to never give up on what is right. It's not about Derek or me, it's about having a society where caring is not a luxury.

'We're all going to need it. And it's not about someone coming along to cut up your food, it's about someone giving you a chance at life and that's so belittled.”

When asked if she regrets it, she made the heartbreaking confession: 'It's every minute that I haven't been holding his hand because I had to write an email or call fighting the system that should be there to catch you when you fall, but feels like when you go through it, it's there to catch you.

“And that's what's next: I want to be Derek's legacy, to continue fighting for that change.”

The former political lobbyist is one of the worst-hit cases of Covid in Britain, and as the program started, Derek confessed he wanted to make this final documentary to 'be heard'.

The former political lobbyist is one of the worst-hit cases of Covid in Britain, and as the program started, Derek confessed he wanted to make this final documentary to 'be heard'.

Describing the moment after his death, Kate admitted she felt no relief.

Describing the moment after his death, Kate admitted she felt no relief.

Discussing her husband's cardiac arrest at Christmas, Kate confessed that counselors started saying, “There's no going back.”

“After the cardiac arrest, he was still breathing but could only hear, so I told him, 'You know me, I'm going to fight this all the time, but if you can't fight anymore and what you need right now, is peace, don't think about us. We are doing well.”

“A lot of what he had done was he wanted to be there as a father and husband.

“We had a different kind of love than before, but it was love and even though it was chaotic and crazy and an absolute slog – in the midst of all that was family.”

In emotional scenes, Kate showed the true reality of Derek's struggle as he battled this new version of himself.

In a painfully emotional clip, Derek was seen crying out as he struggled to get up on his own.

Aided by mobility therapist Cornel, Derek struggled to lift himself from his chair without support, as Kate required him to do.

When he failed to get up, he shouted, “Pathetic,” before falling back to the ground, somewhat defeated by his lack of strength.

Viewers were left in tears as they shared their love with Kate and her family via Twitter.

They wrote: 'Omg, this documentary got me…'; “#DerekStory absolutely breaks my heart. I think #Kate Garraway is doing a fantastic job raising awareness of the difficulties healthcare providers face in this country.”

“Whatever you think of #KateGarraway. Looking at what she had to endure while caring for Derek. His care amounted to £4,000 a week. It's hard to see him in distress while he's getting physical therapy. We need better care for our long-term sick people.'

In one painfully emotional clip, Derek was seen crying out as he struggled to stand up on his own, muttering: 'Pathetic'

In one painfully emotional clip, Derek was seen crying out as he struggled to stand up on his own, muttering: 'Pathetic'

Viewers were left in tears as they shared their love with Kate and her family via Twitter

Viewers were left in tears as they shared their love with Kate and her family via Twitter

In another clip from last November, Derek was audibly upset when he heard crying from the other room as he called for Kate.

Choosing not to show Derek in these scenes, his cries could only be heard, as Kate explained, “He's been very angry lately.” He's frustrated and very angry and a little scared.”

'He keeps saying, 'Please don't leave my Jake, I don't want you to leave.' I think he noticed the fragility of the situation.”

When Kate entered the room to comfort him, she reassured him, “It's okay.” You do that shaking thing. It's okay, honey, no one's mad.”

She jokingly added: “You sound like a wood pigeon” as she asked: “What's going on in that head of yours?”

Speaking to the camera she asked: 'What's that about? It makes it very demanding to take care of him. I know him and I love him, so it's okay, but for a caregiver it's very difficult when he asks, “Why are you being mean to me?” when they try to help him.”

Speaking about the challenges facing social care, Kate raised awareness among carers across Britain as they shared the statistic that 2.5 million carers have had to stop working at some point.

“It can happen to anyone,” Kate added as they discussed how the entire lives of so many people like Kate and Derek have been turned upside down.

Referring to Derek's sharp mind and intelligence, Kate added, “I feel like the tragedy for me is that his brain was his best friend, and now it's like his brain is his enemy as the inflammation is everywhere.”

She explained, “You know, the goal has always been that we wanted less healthcare. We wanted to be less demanding on the system. But he needs just as much care, if not more, so I have to see what I can do.”

Referring to Derek's sharp mind and intelligence, Kate added: 'I feel like the tragedy for me is that his brain was his best friend, and now it's like his brain is his enemy as the inflammation is everywhere'

Referring to Derek's sharp mind and intelligence, Kate added: 'I feel like the tragedy for me is that his brain was his best friend, and now it's like his brain is his enemy as the inflammation is everywhere'

Discussing the financial constraints of his illness, she added: “It's the brutal reality that his salary is gone and his expenses are going up. At the moment we don't have the heating on anywhere other than in his room.'

Kate revealed that the cost of Derek's basic care, without any additional therapy, is almost £4,000 a week.

She exclaimed, “How can I afford that? How can anyone afford £16,000 a month? Why is it that when people get sick, they come home and they feel like they're falling off a cliff?'

Other caregivers also featured in the documentary, sharing their stories of caring for their loved ones with a range of health conditions, from dementia to mental health.

“You feel like you're in the soup,” one person said as they shared what it feels like to care for someone.

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