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Kate Garraway In Tears On 'GMB' As She Says Her Children Have 'Effectively Lost Their Dad'

Kate Garraway In Tears On 'GMB' As She Says Her Children Have 'Effectively Lost Their Dad'

Kate Garraway was in tears on Good Morning Britain today as she spoke to colleagues Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid about her husband Derek Draper.

Kate, 53 - who announced she would be returning to work next week - broke down as she explained her children Darcy and Billy have "effectively lost their dad" who is currently battling coronavirus in intensive care.


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Derek, 52, was hospitalised in March and was later put into an induced coma as a way of resting his lungs. He has now woken up from the coma, but Kate warns there is still a long way to go.

She said: "It feels like a lifetime but they still say it's too early to know. He could be like this for a year, we hope we'll see improvements. There was a point where his lungs were solid, he was having blood taken out of one leg, oxygen put in it, put back in another.

"He had a ventilator with a tube, medicine keeping his heart going, medicine keeping his liver going, his kidneys were totally bypassed on dialysis. He doesn't need so much of that now.

Kate and husband Derek in 2008 (Credit: PA)
Kate and husband Derek in 2008 (Credit: PA)
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"That in itself is a miracle. The doctors keep saying 'we didn't think we could get him off this and we have, stay with that thought, look where you've come from, don't make huge plans'.

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"I do keep saying to him we are going to go to the Maldives."

Kate explained doctors had called it a "miracle" that Derek is still alive, and touched on how difficult it has been for her family to adapt.

"It's a very desperate situation There's fantastic hope and the doctors say it's a miracle he's still alive," explained Kate.

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Kate says the children have 'effectively lost their dad' (Credit: PA)
Kate says the children have 'effectively lost their dad' (Credit: PA)

"I was speaking to someone yesterday, a doctor who has treated him in two of the hospitals he's been in and he said, 'he is as sick as anyone I have ever seen in 35 years of medicine, never mind Covid'.

"For Darcy and Billy, effectively right now, they have lost their dad. They haven't, he's there, they're talking to him on FaceTime but he's not a presence in a way that he should be in their lives."

As Kate was speaking, an image of the family together was shown on GMB, and the presenter became emotional. "That was such a happy time, coming back from the jungle," she said.

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Kate will return to host GMB on Monday. As always, our thoughts our with Kate, Derek and the whole family.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: Kate Garraway, Celebrity News, Good Morning

Lucy Devine

Lucy is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, she has worked in both print and online and is particularly interested in fashion, food, health and women's issues. Northerner, coffee addict, says hun a lot. Get in touch at [email protected]