Kate Garraway made an emotional return to Good Morning Britain today and choked back tears as she spoke about her husband’s critical condition from coronavirus.
Derek has been in hospital in a coma for months after falling ill with the virus, but against all odds he has been clinging on to life, even being considered ‘a miracle’ by doctors who feared he may die.
Joining Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid in the studio for the first time since April, Kate admitted the reunion was a special one, but that it was tinged with sadness as she spoke about how severely ill her husband is.
‘The doctors do keep saying it is a miracle he’s still alive,’ she said.
‘I was speaking to somebody yesterday, a doctor that’s treated him in two of the hospitals he’s been in and said, You know, he is sick as anyone I’ve ever seen in 35 years of medicine, nevermind COVID.’
‘Six times they’ve said he’s not going to make it,’ she added.
‘The problem is, is that it’s a new disease which nobody knows there is no data,’ Kate explained.
‘So, what they can say to me is, it’s great that he’s here, it’s great that there are some flickers of hope so his lungs are starting to recover a little bit his kidneys are doing better. His liver’s doing better.’
‘But they don’t know how much better he can get, and there’s just nothing to compare it to.’
This tough time comes not just for Kate, but for her two children – Darcey, 14 and 10-year-old Billy.
She then admitted: ‘For Darcey and Billy right now, effectively they’ve lost their dad.
‘He’s not there but he is a presence in their lives.’
Kate has been missing from the GMB studio for the past three months to focus her attention on his husband’s coma fight, and looking after their two children.
Derek was rushed to hospital on 30 March and has been in a coma ever since, with Kate and the kids initially only being able to speak to him via an iPad held by nurses as the lockdown forbid them from visiting.
Kate has since revealed that he is coronavirus free, but is still fighting for his life after catching the virus.
While he has been moving his eyes, she added that he is far from out of the woods just yet, and that he has a long road to make a full recovery.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
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