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Kate Garraway shares message of thanks during 'ghastly times'

‘Derek recovering and coming home is very uncertain’: Kate Garraway shares a heartfelt message of thanks during ‘ghastly times’ as her husband remains in a critical condition

  • The Good Morning Britain presenter’s social media appearances have been sparse as she concentrates on her family over the past few weeks, but posted her thanks on Monday
  • On Sunday, she revealed her beloved spouse, 52, has finally opened his eyes
  • ‘The children and I communicate with him every day on FaceTime, while a nurse holds his iPad,’ she said 
  • Derek was originally admitted to hospital with COVID-19 symptoms in March and has since remained in intensive care 
  • Kate revealed at the time that the last thing he said to her before he was put in a medically-induced coma was ‘I love you, you saved my life’

Kate Garraway has made a rare appearance on social media to share her gratitude for the support she has received, since revealing her husband Derek Draper has awoken from his coma.

Good Morning Britain star Kate, 53, told Hello! Magazine that her beloved spouse, 52, has finally opened his eyes following his ongoing battle with COVID-19, and posted a message to her Instagram followers to reflect.

She was sure to stress that, although a positive step, things remain critical. 

Thankful: Kate Garraway has made a rare appearance on social media to share her gratitude for the support she has received, since revealing her husband Derek Draper has awoken from his coma [pictured last year] 

She thanked the publication for ‘helping me to bring you some of my hopes and plans for the future’ and added: ‘The future we are really hoping for – Derek recovering & coming home – is not nearly in sight & very uncertain.

‘But it feels positive to share how we are trying to keep ourselves going as I know so many are dealing with terrible challenges in all sorts of ways as we all try to emerge from these ghastly times, just as we continue to hope Derek can emerge from his minimum state of consciousness.

‘I hope reading this helps in some way. Thank you everyone for your lovely good wishes and for sending me your stories of how you’ve been coping too. I hope that some of the [article] brings some comfort – we’re all in this together.

‘Keep the hope alive and keep moving forwards! [sic]’

Her fellow presenters Susanna Reid, Charlotte Hawkins and Kate Thornton posted caring replies to the message, as well as her I’m A Celebrity… campmate Myles Stephenson and a plethora of supportive fans. 

Kate originally told the publication: ‘We’re keeping positive and doing everything we can to bring him round. The children and I communicate with him every day on FaceTime, while a nurse holds his iPad.

She thanked the publication for ‘helping me to bring you some of my hopes and plans for the future’ and added: ‘The future we are really hoping for – Derek recovering & coming home – is not nearly in sight & very uncertain’

‘Keep hope alive!’ Good Morning Britain star Kate, 53, told Hello! Magazine that her beloved spouse, 52, has finally opened his eyes following his ongoing battle with COVID-19, and posted a message to her Instagram followers to reflect

Support: Her fellow presenters Susanna Reid, Charlotte Hawkins and Kate Thornton posted caring replies to the message, as well as her I’m A Celebrity… campmate Myles Stephenson and a plethora of supportive fans

‘I really believe he can hear. When medical staff say, “Good morning, Derek!, he sometimes opens his eyes. We and the doctors are doing everything we can so that he can start to recover.’

Piers Morgan confirmed on Monday’s Good Morning Britain that Derek remains in a ‘serious and critical condition’.

Kate sparked hope when she revealed on Sunday that Derek had woken from the coma over 13 weeks after first contracting coronavirus.

But the TV personality’s GMB co-star, 55, insisted that the situation is not as positive as people think and said Derek remains on a ‘very slow and uncertain path’.

Piers said: ‘A few papers are doing a lot of coverage today on our colleague and friend Kate Garraway and the situation involving her husband Derek. 

‘It’s probably not quite as positive a story as the papers perhaps believe and we’ve just got a little clarification from Kate’s representative.’

The statement read: ‘These headlines give a level of optimism that may not yet be justified, we hope, as does Kate there will be more evidence of a recovery but it will be a very slow and uncertain path.’

Derek’s initial admission to hospital happened back in March – with Kate and her family painstakingly waiting for hopeful news ever since. The couple have two children – Darcey, 14, and Billy, 10.

‘It’s not as positive as you might think’: Piers Morgan said on GMB on Monday that Derek remains in a ‘serious and critical condition’ after he woke from his Covid: 19 coma

Kate revealed at the time that the last thing he said to her before he was put in a medically-induced coma, was ‘I love you, you saved my life’.

‘I have been living at the end of the phone 24/7, waiting for news of Derek,’ Kate went on. ‘But the doctors have warned that his condition could persist for years so I have to get on with life whilst we are waiting for him to get better.

‘Billy starts secondary school in September, but Derek’s doctors say he won’t be out of hospital by then.’

She went on to tell Hello! that she has been urged to return to routine and not put her life totally on hold, suggesting she go back to work on GMB and Smooth Radio soon.

Kate added that she has to continue to provide for her children and to ensure there is still ‘light in their lives and hope for the future’.

She also explained that it was harder still to remain strong for the family when Derek was always their ‘rock’.

Family: Derek’s initial admission to hospital happened back in March – with Kate and her family painstakingly waiting for hopeful news ever since. The couple have two children – Darcey, 14, and Billy, 10 [pictured in May]

Kate recently broke her social media silence to respond to a fan who urged her to ‘keep hanging on’ as her husband remains in intensive care.

The TV personality had stepped back from all platforms in recent weeks, as her husband’s condition had caused ‘extraordinary damage’.

Kate replied to a follower’s tweet who encouraged her to watch a YouTube video of Australian mountaineer Lincoln Hall who explains the stages of unconsciousness he came back from. 

Support: It comes after Kate broke her social media silence to respond to a fan who urged her to ‘keep hanging on’ as her husband remains in intensive care

Miracles do happen: The fan had encouraged Kate to watch a video about Lincoln Hall, who survived a night at the summit of Mount Everest after his team had to abandon him 

The fan wrote: ‘Keep going with the messages he is hanging on, for a reason, for you, the kids, he has to come back to you all and he will. 

‘Try to watch the YouTube clip about Lincoln Hall, he explains about the stages of unconsciousness that he came back from. Big hugs xxx’.

Kate typed back: ‘Thanks – will do xxx’. 

Lovely surprise: The GMB host previously revealed the couple were set to renew their wedding vows after Derek popped the question again after she left the I’m A Celebrity jungle 

The fan had encouraged Kate to watch a video about Hall, who reached the summit of Mount Everest on his second attempt in 2006, miraculously surviving the night at 8,700m on descent, after his family was told he had died. 

Kate’s husband was in a comatose state in intensive care for 12 weeks after contracting coronavirus, before the recent developments.

Former lobbyist Derek is now free of COVID-19, but is suffering from serious residual complications.

REVEALED: HOW THE CRUEL LEGACY OF COVID MAY LAST A LIFETIME 

Covid-19 could leave survivors with debilitating illnesses that last for years, doctors have warned since the outbreak spiralled out of control.

One leading medic called it ‘this generation’s polio’ – a disease that killed thousands and left a generation with life-long mobility issues.

Patients who spend weeks fighting for life in intensive care can suffer from long-term complications caused by permanent damage to their lungs and liver.

Physiotherapists also warn patients can suffer a loss of mobility, if they are stuck on hospital wards for weeks, or endure flashbacks and emotional distress.

But even patients who endure symptoms so mild they don’t get admitted to hospital are plagued by fatigue, headaches and breathlessness that can linger for weeks.

Several recent studies have highlighted proof Covid-19 causes fibrosis – scarring of the lung tissue that makes it harder for the organs to work.

A research paper published in a Chinese journal in March said ‘pulmonary fibrosis may be one of the major [long-term] complications in Covid-19 patients’.

Evidence is also emerging that the virus may affect the brain, causing seizures and stroke, as well as harming the liver, kidneys, heart and blood vessels.

A paper in the journal JAMA Cardiology in March reported one in five of 416 Covid-19 patients hospitalised in Wuhan, China, had suffered heart damage.

The heart problems are thought to occur as a result of the virus triggering a ‘cytokine storm’, where the immune system overreacts to the infection.

Number 10’s panel of leading scientists – SAGE – called for studies to investigate the lasting effects of the illness.

The presenter became overcome with emotion during a recent instalment of GMB as she admitted she ‘doesn’t know’ if Derek can recover from the damage COVID-19 has inflicted on his body, and may be in a coma for a year.

Kate said: ‘Well there will be tears, I’ll try to keep them down, he’s still with us, he has fought the most extraordinary battle, the fact that he’s still here and holding on. 

‘I am so grateful that he’s still here, and I’ve got the option of praying while others have lost that.

‘He’s very, very sick and as time goes on, it’s a virus, it’s like a computer virus, the doctors manage one but there seems to be a flicker of hope and other things emerge and they’re fighting that. 

‘It has affected him from the top of his head to the tip of his toes. 

She added: ‘He is now COVID-free, he has tested negative, the fight with the virus is over but it’s wreaked extraordinary damage on his body and we don’t know if he can recover from that.’

Brave: Kate spoke for the first time about Derek’s initial admission to hospital in March

Struggling: The GMB presenter has talked about how her children – Darcey and Billy – are struggling while missing their father

Kate previously spoke for the first time about when Derek was admitted, saying: ‘In that first week it looked like he was rallying. But then he was very bad, he couldn’t really speak to me, he could shout things to me on speakerphone. 

‘He was begging me, he said “I can’t take this, I feel like I’m suffocating”, he said “please let them put me in a coma” and they didn’t want to do that. On Sunday they said “we’re going to put him in a coma as overnight we think we have to do that.”‘

‘He said: “I love you, I’m sorry I have to leave you, you’ve saved my life”. I think he thought I had asked the doctors to put in him in a coma. He said “being married to you, the children, you saved my life”.’ 

Derek has previously credited Kate for saving him from depression which started during his career as a political advisor and led to a nervous breakdown and a stint in The Priory in the late 1990s.

Kate and Derek have been married for 14 years, with the former lobbyist cheering his wife on for the duration of her stint on I’m A Celebrity last year.

A timeline of Derek’s coronavirus battle  

MARCH  

Kate revealed she and Prince Charles had got ‘relatively close’ at the Prince’s Trust Awards on March 11 – Charles was diagnosed with coronavirus in mid-March.  

She said: ‘Around the 29/30 March, I came home came in and said [to Derek] “god you look ill.”

 ‘He said he had a headache, numbness in his right hand, and was struggling to breathe,

‘I rang Dr Hilary (Jones) and tried to get through, he talked to Derek. He said put me back on, I think you need to call an ambulance’

Derek, 52, was taken into hospital on March 30 and remained in an unresponsive condition. 

APRIL  

Kate and her children isolated at home after she displayed ‘mild symptoms’.

Kate said: ‘Derek remains in intensive care and is still very ill. I’m afraid it remains an excruciatingly worrying time.

‘I’m afraid he is still in a deeply critical condition, but he is still here, which means there is hope.’ 

MAY 

Kate said: ‘The journey for me and my family seems to be far from over as every day my heart sinks as I learn new and devastating ways this virus has more battles for Derek to fight. 

‘But he is still HERE & so there is still hope.’

That month, Kate and her family took part in the final clap for carers

She said: ‘I’ll never give up on that because Derek’s the love of my life but at the same time I have absolute uncertainty’

JUNE 

On June 5, Kate revealed Derek is now free from coronavirus but continues to fight against the damage inflicted on his body

On Sunday, Kate revealed Derek has woken from his coma but he remains in a serious yet critical condition.

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