Kate Garraway has been absent from presenting Good Morning Britain for the last few months after her husband tested positive for coronavirus. Derek Draper is one of many who is still fighting for his life after he was initially hospitalised in April when his condition deteriorated. He was then placed in a coma – and two months later, it appears he has been taken out of the medically induced state as he continues to fight his way back to consciousness. Kate appeared on the ITV breakfast show this morning to speak about Derek’s progress, and she revealed she has not been able to see her husband in person for at least 100 days.
When asked by Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid whether she has been able to go and see Derek in hospital, she said: “So I’m really fighting to be able to do that, but respectful of what we all have to observe.
“The hospital where he is is now Covid free, that is a massive thing for them, they have lots of very vulnerable people in there who are being treated for other things, who have very serious operations, so that have to protect everyone there.
“So I’m hoping. I did make the point to the doctor: ‘You can now shop in Primark, surely I can give him a hug?’
“And they say: ‘We get it, but we have to be safe.’ It’s not their decision, it’s much higher up,” she added.
“They have to be able to make things work and in the meantime I feel like we’re all having to go through this, but yes this is definitely something that I will hopefully be able to do.”
Kate is set to return to the ITV studio on Monday as Piers and Susanna take leave for the summer holidays.
But she may not be present all the time depending on how Derek is doing.
“I think there’s been so many different stages,” Kate said looking back.
“When he went into hospital, I’ve got some texts from him saying: ‘I’m definitely not going to die, I’m getting better, show this picture to the children, tell them I’m doing great…’
“There was a feeling of terror and then suddenly it escalated and they were saying it’s all about the lungs… and then suddenly it became everything, kidney fail, liver fail, heart, everything,” she added.
“Each stage it’s been a new terror and just when I thought we were moving forward then suddenly we know it can affect your body everywhere, nerves, everything.”
“We’ll never give up and I know the NHS will never give up,” she added.
Kate also updated viewers on Derek’s current condition: “About him and the coma for starters, it’s a strange word coma, he was induced into the coma because it was a way of resting the lungs when he had very acute Covid, of course now they’re no longer keeping him in the Coma, he sort of can’t wake up.
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“There’s two types of coma – there’s the one we think of as vegetative coma, where someone’s completely unconscious, you know, you could stab them and they wouldn’t react.
“And there’s where Derek is which is a minimum state of consciousness.
“So, wonderfully his eyes are opening but we have no real knowledge of what he can see or hear and feel.”
“It is a very desperate situation, it’s very difficult,” the TV and radio presenter commented.
“Of course, there’s fantastic hope that he’s still alive. The doctors do keep saying it is a miracle he’s still alive.”
Kate then revealed how she had been told by medical experts that Derek wasn’t “going to make it” six times.
“He’s been very, very sick.
“The problem is, is that it’s a new disease which nobody knows, so there’s no data.
“His lungs are starting to recover a little bit, his kidneys are doing better, his liver is doing better. They don’t know how much better he can get.
“There is just nothing he can compare it with,” Kate said.
Viewers sent in their well-wishes for Kate and her family.
“You have the love and support of so many Kate. You can do this! Welcome back. Made me cry this morning,” one wrote online.
Someone else added: “Kate Garraway, you are a true inspiration. You have been so strong throughout all of this. You are one of the most down-to-earth people that I know. I wish there was more that I could say, but I can do is give you virtual hugs.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
Published at Wed, 08 Jul 2020 14:53:00 +0000