Kate Garraway opens up on ‘hardest time’ of her life as husband Derek remains in a coma

Good Morning Britain star Kate Garraway, 52, has spoken out about her husband Derek’s condition as he remains in intensive care battling coronavirus. Updating her fans, Kate wrote on her personal blog: “You may have seen over the last few [weeks] that my husband Derek has been seriously ill in hospital with Covid-19.

The last couple of weeks have been the hardest of my life

Kate Garraway

“I am afraid that he remains in a deeply critical condition and is very ill, but he’s still alive so there is hope.

“It remains an extremely worrying time for us all and the last couple of weeks have been the hardest of my life.”

Kate went on to praise the frontline NHS workers for their help in keeping Derek alive.

“From the bottom of, my heart a billion thank yous to the extraordinary NHS workers whose skills, dedication and downright guts in the face of so much personal risk, are keeping my Derek alive, just as they are for thousands of other Covid patients,” she added.


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“Sending so much love and support to the thousands who have had that hope for their loved ones stolen by this hideous disease.

“You are not alone and I hope that helps give you strength to withstand the torture of grief.”

Kate concluded her post thanking her fans for their well wishes, adding: “I am sorry I have not been able to reply to them individually, as I am sure you will understand that I am focusing on my family and Derek right now.”

The presenter has been on a break from Good Morning Britain since Derek was hospitalised earlier this month.

Kate tied the knot with her second husband Derek back in 2005.

She is currently focusing on looking after their two children Darcey, 14, and son William.

Yesterday, Kate’s co-star Ben Shephard told viewers Kate’s husband is in a coma.

He said the host is not allowed to visit her husband in hospital but has been able to communicate with him through nurses caring for him.

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Ben added: “She’s wanted to share the fact that she’s been able to speak with Derek in the evenings in a coma.

“We had some guests on last week who said then, and I think a lot of hospitals are doing this, they’re offering families the chance to speak to loved ones who can’t respond because they’re in comas.

“But she’s been able to share music with him, talk to him and support him.”

As the increase of deaths and positive coronavirus continue, most hospitals have stopped or significantly limited visits.


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The NHS state that one visitor, who must be an immediate family member or care, is allowed to visit a patient in “certain circumstances”.

To date, 19,506 people have died after contracting the disease in the UK.

196,000 citizens have lost their lives to COVID-19 worldwide.

The UK Government enforced a lockdown last month in a bid to combat the spread of the disease.

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