Since reports surfaced back in March that Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper was admitted to hospital after contracting coronavirus, her loyal fans have been there every step of the way, offering her their full support in her and her family’s time of need. And when things went from bad to worse, they were still there and Kate admitted she never felt more loved. Yesterday, she appeared via video link on Good Morning Britain and revealed to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid that Derek had a breakthrough in his recovery.
She explained he had uttered his first word, mouthing to the doctors that he was in “pain” as they moved his body to stop his limbs from seizing up as he remains in hospital.
The admission left Kate in tears on the show, but afterwards she took to Instagram and thanked her fans for all the kind messages they had sent her.
“Thank you so much for all your wonderful wonderful messages #hope @gmb,” she wrote, alongside a stream of fingers crossed emojis, praying hands and hearts.
Alongside the caption, she posted a montage of clips from her GMB interview, where she states that he’s still not out of the woods yet.
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“I’ve already had my miracle but we are praying for my second miracle and that’s for him to come back,” she said in the video.
“It’s very difficult as this could be it, but I’m trying to keep myself in check and not start crying because we still don’t know.”
Derek had been reported as the UK’s longest surviving coronavirus patient and although the former lobbyist is no longer suffering with the viral illness, he is now battling several health issues brought on by Covid.
Kate thanked his medical teams who have worked around the clock to make sure he’s getting the best care possible and gushed over the fact Derek has shown he is still “fighting” for recovery.
Yesterday morning, Piers noted that the glimmer of hope Derek has given his family is what they needed.
“This has given you, I think when you most needed it, a glimmer of hope, hasn’t it?” he said, adding that Kate was awe-inspiring in the way she had dealt with everything.
Kate replied: “It has, it completely has. The power of hope is huge. But you are also constantly trying to think at what point do I have to start being real as well.
“The team that has been working with him is really pretty emotional too because it’s a tangible thing. The other thing is he’s had his tracheotomy removed. So he’s largely breathing on his own, although he’s very, very weak.
“So that’s also another huge physical bit of progress and what I’m hoping is that two things can emerge.”
But while this breakthrough is a huge positive, Kate confessed she has to be sensitive with the way she deals with the information, saying: “What I have to be careful of, what I have to be careful in terms of the children and his family, is running away with that and thinking, ‘OK this is it within a couple of weeks he will be at home’.
“Because there is a long road to go and we don’t know how far down that road he can come. But it is a massive moment because it just means… I was getting scared.
“I was getting scared because I was thinking if it’s hard for him, how hard must it be for him stuck in there. He’s been able to fight out of there.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.