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Piers Morgan, 55, has updated Good Morning Britain viewers on Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper, 52, and revealed his 53-year-old co-star and her family are “living in hope” that her other half will recover. The former lobbyist was placed in intensive care with coronavirus on March 30.
Derek was then induced into a coma by doctors and although he is now testing negative for COVID-19, the virus has “wreaked extraordinary damage on his body”.
Kate’s partner, who is still unconscious, has a hole in his heart, requires kidney dialysis, and is diabetic following pancreatic complications.
Piers opened up about the heartbreaking situation alongside his co-host Susanna Reid on GMB yesterday while they spoke to a nurse who had also battled the disease in intensive care for 93 days.
The outspoken journalist said in reference to Kate: “We have one of our own, Kate Garraway, whose husband is in this terrible position.
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“We wish them, as always, the very best, but they’re living in hope.”
Piers’ comments come after Kate returned to the ITV programme earlier this month to speak about Derek’s condition.
She told presenters Ben Shephard and Ranvir Singh: “He’s very, very sick.
“And as time goes on…it’s a virus, it’s like a computer virus, I think.
“The doctors manage one bit extraordinarily well and there seems to be a flicker of hope, and then other things emerge and they’re fighting that.
“It’s affected him from the top of his head to the tip of his toes.”
The television personality continued: “He’s now COVID free, so he’s testing negative for the COVID virus.
“The fight with the virus has been won and he’s still here.”
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However, Kate added: “But it’s wreaked extraordinary damage on his body and we don’t know if he can recover from that.”
Elsewhere, the mum-of-two recently broke her social media silence on Instagram in view of her 857,000 followers to mark Father’s Day this month.
The ITV star admitted there was a “long road ahead” for the family despite Derek now being “Covid-free”.
Kate also said Father’s Day had been “tough” for her and her loved ones.
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The journalist thanked her ITV colleagues for giving her the opportunity to speak about the family’s struggles but added she is “overwhelmed” by the road ahead.
“Whatever happens next I’m afraid it is going to be a long road, with an uncertain end that isn’t even nearly in sight right now,” Kate wrote.
“But this week I am refocusing on hope that as a family we are going to pull together with the support of friends and get through everything come what may.”
She continued: “I know that the amazing people keeping Derek alive, stand shoulder to shoulder with me in NEVER giving up on him and, of course, hope that my wonderful Derek is going to keep fighting this and eventually start to slowly recover.”(sic)
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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