Ben Shephard has opened up about his own family’s health battles, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Good Morning Britain host, 45, appeared on today’s instalment, sharing a supportive message to colleague and close pal Kate Garraway, as she revealed husband Derek Draper is ‘still in a deeply critical condition’.
‘Many of you are asking about Kate Garraway’s husband Derek because many of you know he is in hospital, well Kate posted this on Instagram,’ he told viewers, as he read out an update the 52-year-old shared on her Instagram page.
‘So we are sending all our love and thoughts to Kate, Darcey and Billy and of course Derek. We’re keeping our fingers crossed,’ he continued.
‘And to all of you out there that are going through something like that.
‘It is heartbreaking, I’ve got family members that are very ill at the moment as well, and people that I know and friends that have lost friends and family.
‘It just doesn’t get any less painful.’
Ben’s words come after Kate shared a health update on husband Derek, two weeks after he was rushed to intensive care as his symptoms worsened.
And, speaking about the news for the first time, the 52-year-old heaped praise on NHS staff for all their hard work.
Taking to Instagram, she shared a video of fireworks going off during the weekly Clap For Carers initiative.
‘From the bottom of my heart a billion thank yous to the extraordinary #nhsworkers whose skills, dedication and downright guts in the face of so much personal risk, are keeping my Derek alive, just as they are doing for thousands of covid patients,’ she began.
‘I’m afraid he is still in a deeply critical condition, but he is still here, which means there is hope.
‘Sending so much love and support to the thousands who have had that hope for their loved ones stolen by this hideous disease,’ she continued.
‘You are not alone and I hope that helps give you strength to withstand the torture of grief.
‘Thank you, too, to my own little band of “key workers”, the neighbours who let off fireworks tonight for the #nhs, gave the Easter bunny a helping hand to make life feel a bit more normal for Darcey & Billy, those who have dropped off food, and friends family and all of you who have sent messages of love and support. It’s such a comfort .
Kate ended the message simply with: ’We must all stand together. #clapthecarers #love #hope.’
Covid-19 has infected more than one million people around the world, with the death toll in the UK rising to 13,729.
There have been around 103,093 confirmed cases in the UK so far.
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