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Kate Garraway has revealed she was once told by the hospital that Derek Draper “may have died” in the early days of his coronavirus battle.
The Good Morning Britain presenter, 53, has candidly opened up on her 53 year old husband Derek’s coronavirus battle, more than a year after he was admitted to hospital.
Kate has now revealed in the early months of Derek’s hospital stay, she was mistakenly told by the hospital Derek, who she hasn’t seen in two months, “may have died”.
TV star Kate then had to wait an more than 24 hours to find out what had happened.
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Speaking to The Sunday Times, Kate said: “I was just sitting on the phone, waiting to know if he’d died or not.”
She was told: “He may have died. Somebody will call you back.”
Kate was then forced to wait more than a day for an update about her husband’s condition and had no idea if he was alive.
She added: “Then it turned out that somebody had died who had a similar name to his.”
During Derek’s health battle, he has beaten coronavirus but did not wake from the induced coma he was placed in.
And Kate was told on a number of occasions to prepare herself for Derek’s death during the last year of his time in hospital and endured “months and months of horror, of live-or-die phone calls”.
The TV star, who recently defended Piers Morgan after he quit GMB, revealed: “The very worst moment was when they said he could be locked in for ever.
“And I just thought, this is a horror story. I don’t know if he’ll ever have any kind of life again. We just don’t know.”
Kate has kept fans updated about Derek’s condition since he was admitted into hospital. But, now, the TV journalist is set to give viewers an insight into Derek’s health battle with a new documentary.
The one-off documentary will also see her meet survivors of the disease and discuss the long-term effects of the virus.
Derek remains in a critical condition in hospital and is now the UK’s longest surviving Covid-19 patient.
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Kate’s husband has lost eight stone and the virus has caused damage to his liver, kidneys and pancreas.
The GMB star said the most difficult thing to come to terms with was the uncertainty that Derek will ever come out of his coma.
She said: “It was so chilling. They said, ‘It’s highly unlikely he will make a good recovery. But we can’t rule out that he’ll make a reasonable recovery.’ I said, ‘OK, what does a reasonable recovery look like?’ And they said, ‘Being able to hold a hairbrush.’”
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