Kate Garraway ‘has what it takes’ to keep battling for husband Derek Draper
Kate Garraway’s Good Morning Britain colleague Alex Beresford has praised the journalist’s strength amid her husband Derek Draper’s coronavirus battle, saying she ‘has what it takes’ to charge on for her family.
The star’s husband is still in hospital, albeit in a stable condition, after emerging from a coma earlier this month after he was struck down by coronavirus back in March, and Alex has shared his pride in how she’s handled the difficult situation.
It comes as the presenter returned to work earlier this month for the first time, with her GMB comrades rallying around her.
Alex told The Sun: ‘It has been so uplifting for myself and the GMB family to see Kate Garraway back at the desk, and I hope it’s given her the lift she needs to keep herself, her husband Derek and the kids going.
‘When it comes to our sanity, I always say nothing works unless you do. It’s so important we look after ourselves so we can look after everyone else.
‘I can’t begin to imagine what it’s been like for her, with Derek battling Covid-19 in intensive care since March, but I have been in awe of how she’s handled herself in public – and like the true professional she is, Kate’s strength has shone.’
At the time her reappearance gave her co-stars, including Laura Tobin, Dr Hilary Jones and Ranvir Singh, a much needed boost – with all of them expressing how happy they were to see her back in action.
‘It’s so nice to see you in real life. Honestly it just feels so wonderful. It feels so right,’ Laura said. ‘And all my friends I saw and people I’ve spoken to over the weekend were excited about you being here.’
A touched Kate added: ‘That’s really nice, but don’t be too nice because I’ll get emotional!’
Alex revealed he first noticed Kate’s mental strength when she took part in the Prince’s Trust Palace to Palace 45-mile charity bike ride.
He went on: ‘There were points when her body was giving up but then her mind would take over and she crossed the line at Windsor Castle with Ben Shephard and me at her side.
‘That day I got a glimpse into how strong Kate truly is and, although what’s happened to Derek is incomparable, I saw her fight and know she has what it takes to keep battling for her husband, the kids and herself.’
In an emotional interview, Kate previously admitted that Derek has come close to dying six times, and that her children Darcey, 14, and Billy, 10, have been staying strong despite the fact they’ve ‘essentially lost their dad’.
She later confirmed that Derek is stable and watched Good Morning Britain.
‘He is stable and actually yesterday, I spoke to the nurses and they said they had put Good Morning Britain on, and they felt that because his eyes were open, he looked focused,’ she told audiences.
Kate added: ‘He engaged on it. We don’t know if it’s the movement of the light or familiar voice so, good morning, Derek.’
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