Kate Garraway reveals husband Derek had 'tough week' as he battles for life

Kate Garraway revealed husband Derek Draper has had a ‘tough week’ as he continues battling for his life in a coma.

The 53-year-old was rushed to hospital at the end of March with coronavirus, and placed in intensive care shortly after, as his symptoms worsened.

While he is now free of Covid-19, the Good Morning Britain star explained the condition had ‘wreaked havoc’ on his body.

And, in today’s instalment of the show, she offered an update on her husband’s health.

At the end of an interview with Gordon Brown, the former Prime Minister offered his best wishes for the family.

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‘Kate, my best wishes to you, and to Derek, as always. I know how brave you’re being,’ he told the host.

To which she replied: ‘Well thank you very much indeed, Gordon, thank you very much for your all your support as well.

‘It’s been a tough week actually, for Derek. It has been a tough week. But it’s Friday…’

While co-host Ben Shephard added: ‘He’s still here, we’re still smiling.’

Derek has been in hospital for six months and is still in intensive care, but has been taken out of a medically induced coma.

Kate recently spoke about how the illness has impacted her family – including their two children – in a candid chat with You Magazine.

Speaking about the illness, she explained Derek is one of five people around the world to be affected so badly by the disease.

‘At first it was all about Derek’s lungs,’ the I’m A Celebrity star said. ‘But then his kidneys started failing and he was on dialysis. 

‘Now they’ve realised Covid can affect every cell of the body: most recently Derek’s been having problems with his intestines. 

‘The absorption of food and vomiting are problems and they’re trying to work out whether that’s because his cells don’t produce the enzymes to digest. His liver and heart and blood vessels have been affected.’

Good Morning Britain continues on weekdays, at 6am, on ITV.

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