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Kate Garraway, 53, has been a pillar of strength throughout the coronavirus pandemic ever since her husband Derek Draper, 53, was admitted to hospital after contracting the illness. He is now the longest surviving Covid patient in the UK, still in hospital battling other numerous health issues brought on by the virus. While Kate has remained resilient for her family and children, her close pal Clare Nasir has revealed her uncertainty over Derek’s condition “eats her alive”.
The uncertainty eats her [Kate] alive
The whole nation has been behind Kate throughout her family’s turmoil, with many having gone through similar experiences with their own loved ones during this tough time.
Derek is now on the road to recovery but Kate has admitted it’s going to be a slow process.
Last week, she appeared on Good Morning Britain to give an update on his health and was reduced to tears after he mouthed the word “pain” to doctors, something she described as a “huge breakthrough”.
Having watched her friend go through one of the toughest years of her life, weather presenter Clare told Closer that Kate is a “warrior”.
“Kate is a warrior and she’ll do what she has to do to get through this,” she told the publication.
“This is someone who isn’t fazed by interviewing the Prime Minister or victims of child abuse, because she can relate to everybody and has the mental capacity to cope.
“She’s incredibly resilient. Some people would’ve crumbled by now, but this is going to make her stronger.”
Clare continued to explain that Kate’s number one priority to is keep their children Darcey and William’s lives as “normal as possible”, as they navigate through the challenges their dad is currently facing.
“The uncertainty eats her [Kate] alive, but she doesn’t want that to transition to them,” Clare admitted.
“She’s doing an amazing job of keeping them buoyant and positive. They’re doing amazingly well – they all have that inner Garraway strength, which has sustained Kate over so many months.”
Kate’s former I’m A Celebrity campmate Roman Kemp also threw his weight behind her, saying he has found it “incredibly hard” to watch his co-star’s heartache.
While speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk about taking part in the Cadbury Heroes League’s new gaming tournament with his mum Shirlie Kemp, Roman gushed over Kate’s recognition at this year’s Pride of Britain awards and saluted her resilience.
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He divulged: “It’s incredibly hard watching anyone go through what Kate’s had to go through and it was amazing to see her recognised during Pride of Britain, that was an amazing thing.”
Roman went on to say that he would “love it” if his future daughter or partner shared similar qualities to the brave GMB star.
He continued: “She’s someone that I would love it if I had a daughter and they turned out to be like Kate Garraway, and to have a partner that is as loyal and has got as much fight as Kate does.”
Doctors are unsure as to whether Derek will ever fully recover from his devastating battle after the virus “attacked everything”.
He has suffered clots in his lungs, holes in his heart and he is now diabetic, and medical professionals have warned Kate that the damage done to his body is severe.
Kate took an extended three month leave from GMB to be with her family and fans were over the moon when she retuned to the show in July with her head held high.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am one ITV.
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