‘It would benefit him to have their physical presence’: Kate Garraway reveals her two children haven’t seen their father Derek Draper in six months as he continues to battle coronavirus
He’s now the longest person to be battling coronavirus in the UK.
And Kate Garraway, 53, has revealed that her children haven’t seen their father Derek Draper, also 53, in six months as he continues to battle the disease in hospital.
Derek has been in intensive care and was in a coma for months after the virus made him seriously ill and Kate herself, has only been permitted to visit a handful of times.
‘It would benefit him’: Kate Garraway revealed her two children haven’t seen their father Derek Draper in six months as he continues to battle coronavirus (stock photo)
Kate and Derek, who married in September 2005, are parents to Darcey, 14, and William, 11 and the GMB host believes that a visit from his children would aid Derek’s recovery.
She said on the show on Monday: ‘Derek still hasn’t been allowed… his children can’t visit, his mum and dad haven’t seen him.
‘I personally believe actually believe him having contact in that room could possibly be of great benefit to have a physical presence.
Kate Garraway revealed her two children haven’t seen their father Derek Draper in six months as he continues to battle coronavirus in hospital
‘There are children that have died with their mums and dads not allowed to see them.’
During the show, Kate criticised Donald Trump after he took part in an impromptu ‘drive-by’ to surprise his supporters outside the Walter Reed hospital.
He was diagnosed with coronavirus last week.
Painful: Dominic’s words were tone deaf given that her husband Derek has become the longest patient battling coronavirus in hospital in the UK (pictured in December 2019)
She said: ‘When you look at that footage of him doing that by the hospital, obviously his message is “I’m doing, I’m fighting the virus great, I’m here to win the election”, but that plays into the idea if you get the coronavirus and survive then you’re a hero; you’re not. You’re very lucky.
‘The heroes are the people treating you and helping you to survive and he;s not just putting the people in the car at risk he’s putting the people treating him at risk.’
Meanwhile, Kate also revealed that actor Dominic West ‘personally apologised’ to her after he said he ‘jumped for joy’ over Donald Trump‘s COVID diagnosis.
The presenter said he ‘wasn’t aware’ that Derek was still unwell when he said on Friday’s show, that he had ‘jumped for joy’ upon learning Trump has coronavirus.
Apologies: Kate has revealed that Dominic West ‘personally apologised’ to her after he said he ‘jumped for joy’ over Donald Trump’s COVID diagnosis
Discussing his comments, Kate said: ‘I was surprised because I don’t think Dominic meant, well he’s been in touch directly with me, to apologise personally to me.
‘He wasn’t aware that Derek had coronavirus and was still sick and was worried that I had been upset by it. I wasn’t upset for those reasons, I was surprised because I went on to say afterwards, I’m sure you join us in wishing him [Trump] the very best.
‘Personally, whatever your views may be. I don’t think he meant that, I think he’s not a Trump supporter.
‘I think it’s a symptom of Donald Trump’s behaviour throughout this pandemic he’s appeared to thumb his nose in it and he was jumping for joy at the idea he might now feel the effects of it. A reality check.’
Apology: The presenter, 53, said Dominic West had apologised and ‘wasn’t aware’ her husband Derek, 53, was ‘still sick’ with coronavirus
Coronavirus: On Friday’s show, Dominic was heavily criticised for explaining how he ‘jumped for joy’ upon learning President Trump has coronavirus
She added: ‘I don’t believe Dominic West would wish someone ill.’
Discussing Donald Trump’s messages throughout his treatment, Kate continued: ‘That plays into the idea… you get coronavirus, you survive, you’re a hero. You’re not, you’re very lucky, the heroes are the people treating you and helping you to survive.’
Giving an update about Derek, who has been in hospital battling coronavirus since March, she said: ‘Derek, who has no longer tested positive for coronavirus, children aren’t allowed to see him, his mum and dad haven’t seen him.’
Also discussing Dominic’s comments on Friday’s show, co-host Piers Morgan called them ‘unacceptable’.
Speaking out: Discussing his comments on Monday’s show, Kate said: ‘I was surprised because I don’t think Dominic meant, well he’s been in touch directly with me, to apologise personally to me.’
He said: ‘You can have whatever view you like of Donald Trump, I’ve had very positive views of him and this year very negative views of him. A lot of people love him, a lot of people hate it.
‘It doesn’t matter though, if a human being gets coronavirus, which we know has killed one million people, if a human being is in his 70s, has underlying weight issues and so on, therefore quite a lot of risk.
‘Forget Trump’s behaviour, forget everything for the moment, as a human being, to say you jump for joy when someone gets coronavirus.
‘To say it frankly, when you have a presenter on this show whose husband is still in a coma. I found that unacceptable.’
She added: ‘He wasn’t aware that Derek had coronavirus and was still sick and was worried that I had been upset by it. I wasn’t upset for those reasons, I was surprised because I went on to say afterwards, I’m sure you join us in wishing him [Trump] the very best.’
‘How vile and evil to get joy from the suffering of others:’ GMB viewers slammed Dominic on Friday for telling Kate he ‘jumped for joy’ over Trump’s Covid diagnosis
It comes after Dominic was heavily criticised for explaining how he ‘jumped for joy’ upon learning President Trump has coronavirus.
The Wire actor, 50, didn’t hold back when asked for his views on Trump’s positive result on Friday after the President, 74, had minimised the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic for months.
Appearing on video link from his Wiltshire home, Dominic was branded ‘evil’ and ‘disgusting’ after saying: ‘Well I did slightly leap in the air with joy.
‘I think the phrase is “what goes around comes around”. I just hope it doesn’t interfere with him being elected out of office that’s all.’
Slammed: Viewers took to Twitter to slam Dominic for revelling in another person’s ill health
He was far from the only left-wing social media user to take delight in the President’s diagnosis with many advancing theories that his illness would harm his chances in the presidential election on November 3.
Kate questioned if Dominic was suggesting he wished Trump well on a personal level, but perhaps felt this was karmic given that Trump had previously downplayed the virus.
The actor’s words were somewhat tone deaf, given that Kate’s husband Derek, 53, has become the longest patient battling coronavirus in hospital in the UK as he enters his seventh month in hospital.
Dominic said: ‘Well there’s an element of schadenfreude I suppose.
‘I’m not a fan of his, as you can probably tell, and I just hope Biden stays healthy and gets the presidency as quickly as possible. I think Trump is a catastrophe for America and the world.’
Mixed bag: Other viewers agreed that Dominic was right to mock Trump given how much he has downplayed the virus
It’s fair to say that lots of people on social media had called it ‘karma’ that Trump had been diagnosed following his recent downplaying of the virus.
Dominic also added that he hoped the diagnosis would make Trump supporters take the virus more seriously than they had in the past.
While the US President is certainly a divisive figure, some viewers felt as though Dominic shouldn’t have rejoiced over someone getting a potentially fatal virus.
They took to Twitter in their droves to write: ‘I have never heard of Dominic West before. I wonder when the Karma bus will be trundling toward his family? What a vile, evil person he is to obtain joy from the suffering of others.’
Reaction: Fawlty Towers star John Cleese also reacted on Twitter to Trump’s announcement
Lord Sugar posted: ‘Will he [Trump] finally wake up and realise this is a dangerous pandemic’
David Bowie’s son wrote: ‘How do germophobic sociopaths tend to react to getting sick?’
‘Disgusted with @GMB interview with @DominicWest taking delight in @POTUS positive COVID test. No matter your politics, evil to wish ill on others.
‘@kategarraway how did you accept this and smile given your husband’s COVID history?’
‘Disgusted with @GMB interview with @DominicWest taking delight in @POTUS positive COVID test. No matter your politics, evil to wish ill on others.’
Yet others agreed with him.
They wrote: ‘Brilliant Dominic West doesn’t give a toss. When asked about Donald Trump, he was smiling ‘it is what it is’. Karma.’
‘Hahahahahahaha love Dominic West. Saying it exactly as it is.’
In quarantine: Trump announced that he and Melania were in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19
‘Dominic West was ace in the Wire. He’s just topped that.’
President Donald Trump said on Friday that he and his wife Melania had tested positive for COVID-19 and were going into quarantine, upending the race for the White House.
He tweeted: ‘We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!’
It comes after it was reported on Monday that Trump is getting ‘bored’ in the Walter Reed hospital and ‘tiring’ of watching TV coverage of his Covid-19 infection, his advisors say.
The president has told aides he wants to return to the White House as early as today after doctors floated the possibility of a Monday discharge.
But according to the Washington Post, some advisors see the possible return to the White House as a ‘political decision’ just weeks before the election.
Trump’s aides are also worried that an early release could backfire if his symptoms relapse and he is forced to return to Walter Reed, it is claimed.
Two people close to Trump told the New York Times that the president had been ‘hankering’ to be discharged.
The president has been ‘exasperated’ by TV coverage of his illness and speculation about him transferring powers to Vice President Mike Pence, aides said.
Trump, 74, said in a Sunday video that he had ‘learned a lot about Covid’ by ‘really going to school’ as he battled the virus.
The president then caused further controversy by briefly leaving the hospital and waving to supporters from a bulletproof car.
More than 200,000 people have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, in the United States alone, with the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions especially hard hit.
Reports: Donald Trump (pictured posing for a photo at the Walter Reed hospital) has reportedly told aides he wants to return to the White House on Monday