Kate Garraway breaks down in tears as she discusses husband Derek’s battle with coronavirus

Kate Garraway broke down in tears on Friday’s Good Morning Britain as she revealed she ‘doesn’t know’ if her critically-ill husband Derek can recover from the damage coronavirus has inflicted on his body.

The presenter, 53, cried as she revealed Derek, 52, is now free from coronavirus but is continuing to fight against the damage inflicted on his body by COVID-19.

She said:  ‘Well there will be tears, I’ll try to keep them down, he’s still with us, he has fought the most extraordinary battle, the fact that he’s still here and holding on.’

Brave: Kate Garraway broke down in tears on Friday's Good Morning Britain as she revealed she 'doesn't know' if her critically-ill husband Derek can recover from the damage coronavirus has inflicted on his body

Brave: Kate Garraway broke down in tears on Friday's Good Morning Britain as she revealed she 'doesn't know' if her critically-ill husband Derek can recover from the damage coronavirus has inflicted on his body

Brave: Kate Garraway broke down in tears on Friday’s Good Morning Britain as she revealed she ‘doesn’t know’ if her critically-ill husband Derek can recover from the damage coronavirus has inflicted on his body

Health update: The presenter, 53, cried as she revealed Derek is now free from coronavirus but is continuing to fight against the damage inflicted on his body by COVID-19 (pictured in 2019)

Health update: The presenter, 53, cried as she revealed Derek is now free from coronavirus but is continuing to fight against the damage inflicted on his body by COVID-19 (pictured in 2019)

Health update: The presenter, 53, cried as she revealed Derek is now free from coronavirus but is continuing to fight against the damage inflicted on his body by COVID-19 (pictured in 2019)

‘I am so grateful that he’s still here, and I’ve got the option of praying while others have lost that. 

‘He’s very, very sick and as time goes on it’s a virus, it’s like a computer virus, the doctors manage one but there seems to be flicker of hope and other things emerge and they’re fighting that.

‘It has affected him from the top of his head to the toes.’

The star added that Derek is now free from coronavirus but is now battling the damage it has caused to his body. 

Support: She said: 'Well there will be tears, I'll try to keep them down, he's still with us, he has fought the most extraordinary battle, the fact that he's still here and holding on'

Support: She said: 'Well there will be tears, I'll try to keep them down, he's still with us, he has fought the most extraordinary battle, the fact that he's still here and holding on'

Support: She said: ‘Well there will be tears, I’ll try to keep them down, he’s still with us, he has fought the most extraordinary battle, the fact that he’s still here and holding on’

She said: ‘He is now COVID free, he has tested negative, the fight with the virus is over but it’s wreaked extraordinary damage on his body and we don’t know if he can recover from that. 

Kate spoke for the first time about Derek’s initial admission to hospital in March, revealing the last thing he said to her before he was put in a coma, was ‘you saved my life.’   

She said: ‘In that first week it looked like he was rallying.

‘But then he was very bad, he couldn’t really speak to me, he could shout things to me on speakerphone.

Brave: Kate spoke for the first time about Derek's initial admission to hospital in March, revealing the last thing he said to her before he was put in a coma, was 'you saved my life'

Brave: Kate spoke for the first time about Derek's initial admission to hospital in March, revealing the last thing he said to her before he was put in a coma, was 'you saved my life'

Brave: Kate spoke for the first time about Derek’s initial admission to hospital in March, revealing the last thing he said to her before he was put in a coma, was ‘you saved my life’

‘He was begging me, he said “I can’t take this, I feel like I’m suffocating”, he said “please let them put me in a coma” and they didn’t want to do that.

‘On Sunday they’re said “we’re going to put him in a coma as overnight we think we have to do that.”

He said: ‘I love you, I’m sorry I have to leave you, you’ve saved my life”.

‘I think he thought I had asked the doctors to put in him in a coma

‘He said “being married to you, the children, you saved my life”.’ 

Kate said Derek did not have any underlying health conditions and doctors were unable to explain why the virus had affected him in the way it had.

Hope: She said: She said: 'He is now COVID free, he has tested negative, the fight with the virus is over but it's wreaked extraordinary damage on his body and we don't know if he can recover from that' (pictured December 2019)

Hope: She said: She said: 'He is now COVID free, he has tested negative, the fight with the virus is over but it's wreaked extraordinary damage on his body and we don't know if he can recover from that' (pictured December 2019)

Hope: She said: She said: ‘He is now COVID free, he has tested negative, the fight with the virus is over but it’s wreaked extraordinary damage on his body and we don’t know if he can recover from that’ (pictured December 2019)

Speaking about the start of Derek’s illness, she said: ‘Derek had a painful shoulder for a couple months, and had been taking medication and having scans

‘He was due to have a steroid injection, he felt unwell and was home tutoring the kids

‘I got back and said “you don’t you look right babe, i think it’s the painkillers.”

‘I just had this weird feeling, asked if he had a cough. He didn’t, he said “I think I’ve got weird sinusitis.”‘

‘I rang the doctor, I said “you don’t look great, no real feeling that it’s COVID, he had none of those symptoms.’

‘Around the 29/30 March, I came home came in and said “god you look ill.”

Heartbreak: Kate said: 'He was begging me, he said "I can't take this, I feel like I'm suffocating", he said "please let them put me in a coma'

Heartbreak: Kate said: 'He was begging me, he said "I can't take this, I feel like I'm suffocating", he said "please let them put me in a coma'

Heartbreak: Kate said: ‘He was begging me, he said “I can’t take this, I feel like I’m suffocating”, he said “please let them put me in a coma’

Stay positive: Kate , her son Billy, 10, and daughter Darcey, 14, clapped for carers on Thursday night with the star discussing how she was helping her children during the tough time

Stay positive: Kate , her son Billy, 10, and daughter Darcey, 14, clapped for carers on Thursday night with the star discussing how she was helping her children during the tough time

Stay positive: Kate , her son Billy, 10, and daughter Darcey, 14, clapped for carers on Thursday night with the star discussing how she was helping her children during the tough time

 ‘He said he had a headache, numbness in his right hand, and was struggling to breathe, 

‘I rang Dr Hilary (Jones) and tried to get through, he talked to Derek. He said put me back on, I think you need to call an ambulance

‘I said “I can’t believe I’m calling an ambulance”, I was very scared.’

‘He said we need to take him to hospital straightaway, he didn’t have a temperature, and I helped him down the stairs 

‘He’d never been to hospital before, he never really gets ill and they put a mask on him to breathe

Emotion: Kate also moved host Ben Shephard to tears as she explained the impact Derek's illness was having on his beloved children

Emotion: Kate also moved host Ben Shephard to tears as she explained the impact Derek's illness was having on his beloved children

Emotion: Kate also moved host Ben Shephard to tears as she explained the impact Derek’s illness was having on his beloved children

‘He said to the kids: ‘You’re the best children anyone could ask for, be good for mum, look after her and that was it. He went straight to intensive care.’

Kate also moved host Ben Shephard to tears as she explained the impact Derek’s illness was having on his beloved children Darcey, 14, and William, 10.    

She said: ‘I need to make them feel safe, they’ve lost their dad for the time being, they have been amazing. 

‘They have both been doing anything to find little moments of joy, so we can still smile. Derek says you’ve got to laugh, you’ve got to be silly.’  

‘Billy is going back to school on Monday, he said “I don’t want to go back to school before dad’s better”.’

‘Darcey has been on Amazon trying to get him some cool t-shirts. He’s going back on Monday and that is what we have to do now.  

Candid: 'He said to the kids: 'You're the best children anyone could ask for, be good for mum, look after her and that was it. He went straight to intensive care'

Candid: 'He said to the kids: 'You're the best children anyone could ask for, be good for mum, look after her and that was it. He went straight to intensive care'

Candid: ‘He said to the kids: ‘You’re the best children anyone could ask for, be good for mum, look after her and that was it. He went straight to intensive care’

‘I’ve got to give them some life. Darcey and I will be home tutoring. It’s carrying on with life when life isn’t certain.’

Kate said that doctors are navigating a field of uncertainty when it comes to Derek’s prognosis, saying: ‘They can’t say he can’t recover, they can’t say he will recover. We don’t know how long it will take 

‘Weeks and months, it could be up to a year, I am praying there will be progress before then.’ 

The star said the stark reality of Derek’s illness had only just started to hit her in the last two weeks, crediting her career as a journalist for allowing her to deal with difficult situations in a calm manner.    

She said: ‘I have absolute uncertainty, mum, dad sisters, and the doctors don’t know because they’ve never seen this before.

Support: Stars Susanna Reid, Lorraine Kelly, Laura Tobin and Georgia Toffolo rallied round Kate after her emotional interview

Support: Stars Susanna Reid, Lorraine Kelly, Laura Tobin and Georgia Toffolo rallied round Kate after her emotional interview

Support: Stars Susanna Reid, Lorraine Kelly, Laura Tobin and Georgia Toffolo rallied round Kate after her emotional interview 

‘One doctor said this to me he is the worst affected person he’s had to treat that’s lived. This is an evil virus.’

‘I don’t want to scare people, Derek’s situation is extremely rare, some of the damage he’s got, hes only one of five ppl they have seen it in 

‘I was praying, please don’t let him die. We think of COVID as you live, mercifully, or die.

‘More and more people are living but with completely unforseen consequences 

‘I can’t thank all of the doctors and nurses who have been involved with this.’ 

‘It is an absolute miracle he’s still here. If I could just have one more and he could just make that next step…  

This comes as Kate and her children clapped for carers on Thursday night, a week after the official tribute ended. 

The Good Morning Britain host took to Instagram to share a video of herself and her children applauding key workers in her kitchen.  

Kate said in the video: ‘Thank you NHS’, and smiled as her children clapped for the camera. 

The television personality wrote: ‘No official #clapforcarers tonight but we just wanted have our own mini one as our heart felt thanks go on to all fighting to keep Derek with us. 

‘Tomorrow I will have the chance to update you & thank you for all your support on @gmb – see you at seven. #hope #staypositive’. 

Hope: The television personality wrote: 'No official #clapforcarers tonight but we just wanted have our own mini one as our heart felt thanks go on to all fighting to keep Derek with us'

Hope: The television personality wrote: 'No official #clapforcarers tonight but we just wanted have our own mini one as our heart felt thanks go on to all fighting to keep Derek with us'

Hope: The television personality wrote: ‘No official #clapforcarers tonight but we just wanted have our own mini one as our heart felt thanks go on to all fighting to keep Derek with us’

Applause: Kate said in the video: 'Thank you NHS', and smiled as her children clapped for the camera

Applause: Kate said in the video: 'Thank you NHS', and smiled as her children clapped for the camera

Applause: Kate said in the video: ‘Thank you NHS’, and smiled as her children clapped for the camera

Brave: Kate said: 'Tomorrow I will have the chance to update you & thank you for all your support on @gmb - see you at seven. #hope #staypositive'

Brave: Kate said: 'Tomorrow I will have the chance to update you & thank you for all your support on @gmb - see you at seven. #hope #staypositive'

Brave: Kate said: ‘Tomorrow I will have the chance to update you & thank you for all your support on @gmb – see you at seven. #hope #staypositive’

A host of stars commented on Kate’s post. Nicola McLean typed: ‘Sending you all so much love’, while Kimberley Walsh posted a red love heart emoji.

Helen Skelton added: ‘Sending love’. 

Kate has not been on Good Morning Britain since Derek fell ill in March. 

Well wishes: A host of stars commented on Kate's post. Nicola McLean typed: 'Sending you all so much love', while Kimberley Walsh posted a red love heart emoji

Well wishes: A host of stars commented on Kate's post. Nicola McLean typed: 'Sending you all so much love', while Kimberley Walsh posted a red love heart emoji

Well wishes: A host of stars commented on Kate’s post. Nicola McLean typed: ‘Sending you all so much love’, while Kimberley Walsh posted a red love heart emoji

Last week, Kate wiped away tears as she took part in a nationwide applause in honour of the NHS key workers for the final Clap for Carers.

She also shared an update about Derek in a heartfelt Instagram post, revealing while her ‘heart sinks everyday’ her husband is ‘still here’ although his battle is ‘far from over’. 

Derek, was taken into hospital on March 30 and is understood to be in an unresponsive condition as he remains in a critical care unit. 

Battle: The Good Morning Britain presenter wiped away tears as she took part in a nationwide applause in honour of the NHS key workers last week

Battle: The Good Morning Britain presenter wiped away tears as she took part in a nationwide applause in honour of the NHS key workers last week

Battle: The Good Morning Britain presenter wiped away tears as she took part in a nationwide applause in honour of the NHS key workers last week

Derek is best-known for his career as a former lobbyist. During his time as a political adviser he was embroiled in two political scandals – 1998’s Lobbygate and in 2009 a scandal surrounding LabourList, the website he edited.

He went on to write two books – Blair’s 100 Days and Life Support – before retraining as a psychotherapist. 

Kate and Derek have been married for 14 years, with the former lobbyist cheering his wife on for the duration of her stint on I’m A Celebrity last year, he flew out to Australia with their two children to meet her. 

The couple, who wed in September 2005, have previously discussed their union, with Derek admitting that he feared she was ‘a high-maintenance TV bimbo’. 

Following her stint on I’m A Celebrity, the couple were planning to renew their vows in the coming months.  

Marriage: Kate and Derek have been married for 14 years (pictured in 2010 with their son Billy)

Marriage: Kate and Derek have been married for 14 years (pictured in 2010 with their son Billy)

Marriage: Kate and Derek have been married for 14 years (pictured in 2010 with their son Billy)

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