The former lobbyist has been under the care of doctors since March 2020 after being struck down with Covid-19, and after months of steady progress he’s finally been given the ok to return to his family.
Derek is said to have been taken off all machines and breathing apparatus, but still faces a “long and gruelling” fight back to full health.
It was a long and agonising year for Kate and the couple’s two kids as Derek was placed into an induced coma, and then struggled to regain consciousness when he came out the other side.
Kate has spent much of her time video calling her husband as hospital visits were banned as coronavirus restrictions tightened. It meant the couple’s children were not able to go see their dad, and were only able to visit him once in person over the course of the year.
That visit came at Christmas when Darcey, 14, and son Billy, 11, were finally able to see their dad for the first time since he was hospitalised.
Kate documented the struggle in her ITV documentary Finding Derek, in which she revealed she’d had the bottom floor of their house in north London converted to make it easier for her husband when it eventually returned.
She added a downstairs bedroom with hospital bed and a wet room, as well as ramps to allow him to move around the property in a wheelchair.
However, she faced yet another agonising wait as doctors admitted Derek might not be ready to go home until late 2021.
In what must be a huge boost for Kate, it was revealed yesterday that Derek’s discharge from hospital has come sooner than expected with doctors allowing him to go home.
It’s not going to be an easy ride as Derek still has a long and gruelling recovery process ahead of him, but medical experts are believed to hope being around his family will give him the strength to continue.
A source told The Sun : “The professional medical teams who have been looking after Derek have decided to release him from hospital into 24-hour care at home.
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“They noticed that his cognition and consciousness had stalled and, if anything, was going backwards over the last couple of months…
“The medical experts are now looking at unique ways to give Derek every chance of making the best recovery, and agree that being surrounded by his wife Kate and their two children, is vital to reaching that goal.
“The hope is that by boosting his mental health – which being surrounded by his loved ones clearly will do – Derek-s physical health will be significantly bolstered too.”