‘Some people would’ve crumbled by now’: Kate Garraway is in ‘a state of uncertainty’ over stricken husband Derek Draper’s long term health as he battles COVID-19
She welcomed a breakthrough moment in October after husband Derek Draper spoke his first words since falling gravely ill with COVID-19 as the pandemic swept across Britain.
But Kate Garraway is said to be in a state of uncertainty over whether or not he will be discharged from hospital after spending 214 days in intensive care with the potentially life-threatening virus.
Concern: Kate Garraway is said to be in a state of uncertainty over whether or not husband Derek Draper will be discharged from hospital after spending 214 days in intensive care with COVID-19
She said: ‘Kate is a warrior and she’ll do what she has to do to get through this. 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.’
She added: ‘Her priority is to keep her kids’ lives as normal as possible. The uncertainty eats her alive, but she doesn’t want that to transition to them.’
Constant battle: Derek fell gravely ill with COVID-19 as the pandemic swept across Britain in March
In October Kate revealed Draper had appeared to mouth the word ‘pain’ – his first word since falling ill – when asked by nurses if he was in any discomfort.
While Kate said it was ‘heartbreaking’ he was suffering, it marked progress in his recovery since being struck down with coronavirus in March.
But Kate is ‘keeping herself in check’ and said: ‘The power of hope is huge but you’re constantly trying to think, at what point do I have to start being real.’
Opening up: Clare Nazir – a close friend of the Good Morning Britain host- claims the lack of absolutes regarding her stricken husband’s health is ‘eating her alive’
Speaking to Good Morning Britain, she said: ‘Way back in April when we chatted for the first time and I said “look he seems to have survives so far, so I know I already have my miracle”.
‘But now I’m praying for the second miracle and that is for him to come back to us. It’s very difficult because this could be it. I’m very much trying to keep myself in check, not start crying, because we still don’t know.’
Kate explained that throughout 53-year-old Draper’s hospitalisation, doctors and nurses have continued treating him as if conscious, telling him when they were about to move him and asking if he were in any pain.
She recalled: ‘And they did this, and he very clearly mouthed the word “pain”. Everybody that was there stopped and couldn’t believe it.’