CARING For Derek viewers were all touched by Kate Garraway’s son Billy in her emotional documentary.
Last night, fans watched the heart-warming moment Derek returned home from a year in hospital.
He was greeted by his 12-year-old son Billy and daughter Darcey, 15, who excitedly cuddled him as he was wheeled in the front door.
Billy threw his arms around his beloved dad who smiled and hugged him back – showing the love between them.
The moment moved viewers to tears, with many praising the lovable little boy for his strength and bravery.
One said: “Loved this program. So moving. Billy loves his dad so much it seeps out of him. Wishing Kate and Derek the very best of luck for recovery and happiness. Jake the Carer.”
Another added: “This is so heartwarming, a beautiful moment @kategarraway@WeAreSTV. Billy welcoming his Dad home after over a year in hospital.”
Someone else said: “Darcy and Billy are a credit to Kate and Derek, what amazing kids.”
A viewer added: “Darcey and Billy are an absolute credit to @kategarraway and Derek. What phenomenally strong children, and a remarkable family.”
Derek, a former spin doctor, was struck down with coronavirus in March 2020 and put into an induced coma by doctors.
He then spent 374 days in hospital and now requires such constant care that Kate revealed he would die if was left unaided for three days.
Many viewers of Kate Garraway: Caring For Derek were left sobbing from the start of the “inspirational” film that the let cameras into the lives of a family striving to maintain a normal life.
Kate broke down in tears as she was given a rare piece of good news about Derek after secretly flying him to Mexico for a ground-breaking medical trial.
The presenter is shown asking one doctor, after looking at her poorly husband’s brain scan: “Do we know if he still has the thoughts inside his head and it’s just they can’t come out?
“Or do we know if those thoughts are lost?”
The doctor replied: “No the connection between the thinking of ‘what do I want to say?’ with ‘I say it’ is slow, is disconnected. But the thoughts are not lost.”
Kate, replied, with tears in her eyes: “The thoughts are not lost. OK. That is amazing to hear.
“That is really amazing to hear, it makes me feel quite emotional. So he’s still in there, we just have to get him out.”