Kate Garraway lifts the lid on 'loneliness' during husband Derek's 'devastating' long Covid battle


Kate Garraway revealed she feels ‘very lonely’ amid husband Derek Draper’s ongoing battle with long Covid in a Sunday appearance of Piers Morgan’s Life Stories.

The Good Morning Britain presenter, 56, broke down in tears while admitting she misses her partner’s former self and is unable to predict what the future holds.

The former political advisor was rushed to hospital last March after falling gravely ill with the unpredictable respiratory bug.

Tragic: Kate Garraway revealed she feels 'very lonely' amid husband Derek Draper's ongoing battle with long Covid in a Sunday appearance of Piers Morgan's Life Stories

Tragic: Kate Garraway revealed she feels ‘very lonely’ amid husband Derek Draper’s ongoing battle with long Covid in a Sunday appearance of Piers Morgan’s Life Stories

She told her former co-host: ‘There are lots of moments of joy in that, recognition, moments with the children where he definitely knows what they’re saying to him and remembers things.

‘But there is no way of knowing what the future is and in the meantime, it’s a strange thing Piers…’

Kate, who shares Darcey, 15, and Billy, 11, with Derek, emotionally added: ‘I want him there and I want him back, but some days his presence reminds me the absence, so you can feel very lonely.

‘I feel like I just want to talk to Derek. Even though I believe he’s there, he can’t be there in that same way. I love him more than ever by the way.’

Devastating: The Good Morning Britain presenter, 56, broke down in tears while admitting she misses her partner's former self and is unable to predict what the future holds

Devastating: The Good Morning Britain presenter, 56, broke down in tears while admitting she misses her partner’s former self and is unable to predict what the future holds

Kate went on to update her fans on Derek’s progress, claiming the virus has ‘devastated him from the top of his head to the tip of his toe’. 

She said: ‘His digestive system, his liver, his kidneys, his heart, his nervous system. We’re pretty sure that the inflammation did pass through the brain.

‘He still can’t communicate, he still has issues with mobility. Fundamentally, he’s in a terrible state. Look, he’s alive, Piers.’ 

Worrying: The former political advisor was rushed to hospital last March after falling gravely ill with the unpredictable respiratory bug (pictured in 2007)

Worrying: The former political advisor was rushed to hospital last March after falling gravely ill with the unpredictable respiratory bug (pictured in 2007)

Fans of the broadcaster flooded Twitter to comment on the touching tributes, with one saying they were ‘a snivelling wreck.’

In full, the user tweeted: ‘@kategarraway @piersmorgan ah man I’m a snivelling wreck, massively miss piers but Kate is a lovely lady and I have to say your children are simply adorable,wishing u all the very best of luck for the future xx’.

Another echoed this view, and went so far as to say ‘there is no bigger than you.’ 

Moving: Fans of the broadcaster flooded Twitter to comment on the touching tributes, with one saying they were 'a snivelling wreck'

Moving: Fans of the broadcaster flooded Twitter to comment on the touching tributes, with one saying they were ‘a snivelling wreck’

Fighting back tears, Kate vowed to Piers in his final episode of Life Stories that she will ‘never give up’ on Derek after his 13-month battle in hospital – the longest of any surviving Covid patient.

Derek was hospitalised because the virus wreaked havoc throughout his entire body, resulting in kidney failure, liver and pancreatic damage.

On more than one occasion his heart stopped beating, he battled pneumonia and fought infections which punctured holes in his lungs.

Kate made a documentary about the journey, which went on to win a National Television Award for best Authored Documentary.

It has now been confirmed that there will be a follow-up film, which will document the family’s life since Derek’s return home.

The exact date of the release of the second film has not yet been confirmed but will air on ITV this winter.

Kate has also written a book describing the journey called The Power Of Hope. 

Opening up: She told her former co-host: 'There is no way of knowing what the future is and in the meantime, it's a strange thing Piers...'

Opening up: She told her former co-host: ‘There is no way of knowing what the future is and in the meantime, it’s a strange thing Piers…’

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