Today Kate Garraway fought back the tears as she returned to Good Morning Britain.
Kate went back to work for the first time since her husband was rushed to hospital back in March due to coronavirus and has remained in intensive care ever since.
Kate sat in the studio along with Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan as she said that Derek Draper, 52, remains in a ‘desperate situation’ and has almost died six times when his organs failed during his 100-day battle with coronavirus.
Kate tried her hardiest to hold back the tears as she told how her children have ‘effectively lost their dad’ and she also admitted she was ‘absolutely gripped by fear’ at times when the former political lobbyist was in a coma, but said he has amazed doctors with his resilience and they have ‘fantastic hope’.
‘I’m back. It’s really emotional. As soon as I walked in I thought, ‘I’m going to cry now’. It’s so lovely to see your faces. I can see your faces anyway [on screen]. It’s lovely to be back, it’s like coming out of a little bubble of sadness. It’s so strange to still be in this situation.
‘It’s a strange word, coma, he was induced which was what they were doing then because it was a way of resting the lungs, of course they’re no longer keeping him in the coma but he’s not fully awake.
She then continued:
‘There’s two types of coma, there’s the one we think of as vegetative coma, and the one Derek is in which is a minimum station of consciousness, so wonderfully his eyes are open but we have no real knowledge of what he can see or hear.
‘It is a very desperate situation, it’s very very difficult, of course there’s fantastic hope he’s still alive, the doctors do keep saying it’s a miracle he’s still alive. I was speaking to a doctor yesterday who said he’s sick as anyone I’ve ever seen in 35 years of medicine, and some of those people who were as sick of him aren’t here. Six times they said he’s not going to make it, and obviously you couldn’t visit.
‘So he’s been very very sick, but it’s a new disease, there’s no data, so what they can say is it’s great he’s here. There’s flickers of hope, his lungs are starting to recover, his kidneys are doing better, his liver, but they don’t know how much better he can get.’
Then Garraway was asked whether there had been any explanation for why Derek had been so badly affected by the virus, Kate admitted doctors are still unsure.
‘There isn’t, he was a little bit overweight, I’m a bit of a feeder! Zero underlying conditions, he’s young comparatively, he’s 52, so there is no explanation.
‘I think what’s happened is at every stage they’ve been learning. One of the wonderful things is that they’ve changed medical practices, they’ve changed pathways because of Derek. I keep telling him on the Facetime he would be very pleased about that.’
It really was so lovely to see Kate back where she belongs and we are sending all our love to Kate and Derek.