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    Kate Garraway has given Good Morning viewers an update on her husband Derek Draper, who remains in hospital recovering from Coronavirus.

    The ITV presenter told her co-host Adil Ray on Monday’s show that she is reluctant to talk about Derek ‘every week’ on the show, but was reassured by Adil that she has been ‘inspiring.’

    Kate reassured that Derek, who has been hosptalised since March, ‘is very much still with us,’ but it is still a ‘waiting game’.

    Update: Kate Garraway told herGMB co-host Adil Ray on Monday’s show that her husband Derek Draper is very much still with us,’ but it is still a ‘waiting game’

    The presenter, 53, admitted she feels a level of guilt about returning to the job she loves, explaining: ‘You feel almost bad because oh I’m laughing and he’s still there in a minimally conscious state, it’s a difficult balance.’

    ‘I know everyone has been so lovely and are concerned, but then you don’t want to talk about it on GMB every time because it’s not cheering up everyone,’ she continued. 

    Kate then admitted that ‘it was a worrying week last week’.’

    ‘We’ve still got lots of challenges, challenges with food, challenges with everything, with lungs with everything. We just want him to wake up.’

    Tough: The presenter, 53, admitted she feels a level of guilt about returning to the job she loves, explaining: 'You feel almost bad because oh I'm laughing'

    Tough: The presenter, 53, admitted she feels a level of guilt about returning to the job she loves, explaining: ‘You feel almost bad because oh I’m laughing’

    Battle: Kate then admitted that 'it was a worrying week last week', explaining: 'We've still got lots of challenge.' (pictured with Derek in Decmber 2019)

    Battle: Kate then admitted that ‘it was a worrying week last week’, explaining: ‘We’ve still got lots of challenge.’ (pictured with Derek in Decmber 2019)

    ‘The nurses are putting this show on in the morning for him in the hope that might trigger something, but its a waiting game.’    

    ‘I’m lucky I’ve got the chance to wait and he’s still with us and lots of people don’t have that.’ 

    Adil reassured his friend, telling her: ‘You’re truly inspiring yo really are a lot of families will be taking a lot of strength from you a lot of people have been suffering from coronavirus people have suffered all kinds of grief and issues, I thinks its inspiring’.

    Familar faces: ‘The nurses are putting this show on in the morning for him in the hope that might trigger something, but its a waiting game,’ she told Adil

    ‘Uou say there about you were laughing last week and having a few laughs today but it’s important to have that you have kids you’ve got to have hope.’

    And Kate replied: ‘I’ve got to keep life going on so Derek has a life to get back to.’   

    ‘That smiling, we all need it. People have lost people because of Covid but all sorts of things through this crisis and also mental health people are worried about their livelihoods and we do have to keep laughing.’

    Since her husband was hospitalised with COVID-19 in March, Kate has been incredible open about her husband’s slow recovery. 

    Last week Kate revealed she paid an ‘extra emotional’ first visit to Derek, as he continues to slowly recover from COVID-19.

    A timeline of Derek’s coronavirus battle  

    MARCH  

    Kate revealed she and Prince Charles had got ‘relatively close’ at the Prince’s Trust Awards on March 11 – Charles was diagnosed with coronavirus in mid-March.  

    She said: ‘Around the 29/30 March, I came home came in and said [to Derek] ‘god you look ill.’

     ‘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’

    Derek, 52, was taken into hospital on March 30 and remained in an unresponsive condition. 

    APRIL  

    Kate and her children isolated at home after she displayed ‘mild symptoms’.

    Kate said: ‘Derek remains in intensive care and is still very ill. I’m afraid it remains an excruciatingly worrying time.

    ‘I’m afraid he is still in a deeply critical condition, but he is still here, which means there is hope.’ 

    MAY 

    Kate said: ‘The journey for me and my family seems to be far from over as every day my heart sinks as I learn new and devastating ways this virus has more battles for Derek to fight. 

    ‘But he is still HERE & so there is still hope.’

    That month, Kate and her family took part in the final clap for carers

    She said: ‘I’ll never give up on that because Derek’s the love of my life but at the same time I have absolute uncertainty’

    JUNE 

    On June 5, Kate revealed Derek is now free from coronavirus but continues to fight against the damage inflicted on his body

    JULY 

    On July 5, Kate revealed Derek has woken from his coma but he remains in a serious yet critical condition.

    On July 8, she announced she would be returning to GMB, after being urged by doctors to ‘get on with life’ during Derek’s recovery.   

    She added that Derek had ‘opened his eyes’ after waking from his coma, but has been told his recovery could take years.  

    On July 13, Kate returned to GMB for the first time since Derek was hospitalised.    

    On July 28, Kate revealed she’d paid an ‘extra emotional’ first visit to Derek, and admitted she’s ‘frustrated’ by his slow progress.

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    The Good Morning Britain presenter, 53, also told Ben Shephard that it was ‘lovely’ to see her partner as (28 July) was his 53rd birthday, but she continues to be ‘frustrated’ by his slow progress.

    Kate told Ben: ‘I did go and see Derek, he’s had a tough couple of weeks, and it’s just frustrating, it would have actually been his birthday today so I was extra emotional so I was thinking about the day he was born. 

    She added: ‘What the doctor said to me was, “Sometimes, Kate, a day when nothing has gone backwards is a positive”.’

    As Ben agreed that Derek had ‘a stable day,’ Kate added: ‘It’s just I’m desperate for a step forward. It’s always lovely to see him and so it’s wonderful to have the chance to see him.’ 

    REVEALED: HOW THE CRUEL LEGACY OF COVID MAY LAST A LIFETIME 

    Covid-19 could leave survivors with debilitating illnesses that last for years, doctors have warned since the outbreak spiralled out of control.

    One leading medic called it ‘this generation’s polio’ – a disease that killed thousands and left a generation with life-long mobility issues. 

    Patients who spend weeks fighting the disease can suffer from long-term complications caused by permanent damage to their lungs and liver, but serious problems can also blight people who only have a minor illness. 

    SCARRING AND LONG-TERM LUNG DAMAGE 

    Several recent studies have highlighted proof Covid-19 causes fibrosis – scarring of the lung tissue – that makes it harder for the organs to work.

    A research paper published in a Chinese journal in March said ‘pulmonary fibrosis may be one of the major [long-term] complications in Covid-19 patients’.

    A build-up of scar tissue in the lungs can reduce their capacity to absorb air, leaving a patient with breathing difficulties, shortness of breath or a cough. 

    Insufficient oxygen also has knock-on effects on the other vital organs, which rely on the chemical to work. Without it, they cannot work as efficiently and may start to fail or work less efficiently. 

    Failing kidneys may result in a patient needing long-term medication or dialysis, while a severely damaged liver could require a transplant to treat. 

    IMMUNE SYSTEM OVER-REACTION CAN DAMAGE HEART, LIVER & KIDNEYS

    Evidence is also emerging that the virus may affect the the liver, kidneys, heart and blood vessels because of the way it can force the immune system to attack healthy parts of the body.

    As well as the potential of immediate death in the case of kidney failure, a heart attack or a stroke, any damage to these vital organs can cause lifelong disability and dramatically increase the risk of dying young.

    A paper in the journal JAMA Cardiology in March reported a fifth of patients in a group of 416 who were hospitalised in Wuhan, China, had suffered heart damage.

    Another study in Wuhan found that 16 out of 36 intensive care patients developed irregular heartbeats, called arrhythmia, which can weaken the heart’s ability to pump blood. 

    Coronavirus can also cause blood clots, scientists say, which raise the risk of stroke or heart attack. 

    The heart problems are thought to occur as a result of the virus triggering a ‘cytokine storm’, where the immune system overreacts to the infection.  

    GROWING EVIDENCE OF BRAIN DAMAGE AND NEUROLOGICAL EFFECTS 

    Long-term brain damage may also be a consequence of Covid-19 infection, according to emerging research of patients who caught it.

    Doctors around the world say they are seeing growing numbers of people with neurological symptoms such as headaches, loss of smell and taste, tingling sensations, losing the ability to speak and even seizures and strokes, the BBC reported

    Dr Elissa Fory, from the Henry Ford Foundation in Detroit, said: ‘We don’t know yet if the encephalopathy [brain damage] is more severe with Covid-19 than with other viruses, but I can tell you we’ve been seeing quite a lot of it.’

    Symptoms affecting the brain are harder to measure and track – it took months for officials in the UK to admit a lost sense of smell was a symptom of coronavirus – but they can be permanent. 

    HOSPITAL STAYS AND TREATMENT CAN BE DEBILITATING 

    As well as damage caused by the virus itself, patients who are seriously ill with Covid-19 – particularly those in intensive care – will suffer long-term health problems just from being in hospital. 

    Physiotherapists warn patients muscles start to waste away quickly when they are in hospital beds, which can leave them with mobility problems for a long time – especially if they are already elderly, which many coronavirus patients are.

    People’s lungs can also be irreparably damaged by ventilators, the intensive care machines which help people to breathe when they cannot do it alone.

    The machines work by blowing air into the lungs through a tube inserted directly down the throat and into the airways. The pressure of the air being forced into the lungs can tear and split the delicate tissue inside the lungs and leave them permanently damaged. This is a trade-off: the machines are usually a last resort for people who can’t breathe on their own and would die without the ventilator.

    People who get seriously ill are also at a risk of developing depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because of their ordeal after the initial infection has gone. 

    EVEN MILD ILLNESS CAN DRAG ON FOR MONTHS 

    There is growing evidence that even mild Covid-19 can have long-lasting consequences and the UK Government last weekend launched a study into the after-effects of the illness.

    Experts on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) warned that Covid-19 patients could be left with ‘extreme tiredness and shortness of breath for several months’ even if they were not hospitalised.

    Concerns about the lasting effects of the illness were discussed in a SAGE meeting which took place on May 7. 

    Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of the NHS, revealed some patients need psychological treatment for ‘post-intensive care syndrome’. 

    And another scientific advisor to the Government told The Telegraph that ‘a very high proportion’ of Covid-19 survivors ‘cannot get back to a normal life’. 

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