Kate Garraway has opened up about seeing her husband Derek Draper amid his coronavirus battle.
The Good Morning Britain host initially wasn’t able to see her husband in hospital, but was able to FaceTime him after several weeks had passed.
‘When I finally got to FaceTime him, seeing him unconscious was a big shock,’ she explained.
‘He’s lost nearly eight stone in weight, a lot of it muscle throughout his body. He looked worn-out, thin and pale with dark circles under his eyes and there were lots of tubes.’
Kate has been holding down the fort at home while her husband battles the virus in hospital, including looking after their two children, Billy and Darcey.
Reasoning that her husband is ‘a massive believer in silliness’, she’s been trying to use humour to get through the horrendously difficult time, telling the Daily Mail’s You magazine that she’s been trying to make her kids laugh to get them through.
She added of her role on Good Morning Britain: ‘I very consciously didn’t want to talk too much on air about the sadness of Derek. I don’t want to bring anybody down; my job is to cheer people up. But it’s a balance: I also don’t want anyone to think, “There she is smiling and not caring about her husband.”‘
In March, Derek was rushed to hospital as his battle with coronavirus began.
He was put into a medically induced coma and has been fighting the virus ever since.
In July, Kate returned to Good Morning Britain, saying at the time: ‘I’m gonna come back, I’m afraid. I’m back on Monday if you’ll have me. ‘I haven’t got the fight to be a Piers Morgan but I’m back with Ben Shephard.’
She added: ‘I’ve got to get going. I’ve got to get back. Everyone else is doing it and I’m no different.’
The 53-year-old said she also wanted to return to help their children Darcey and Billy ‘feel like they have a future’.
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