Kate Garraway Opens Up On Husband’s Battle With Evil Virus


Kate Garraway Opens Up On Husband’s Battle With Evil Virus

TV presenter Kate Garraway has said it is “a miracle” her husband is still alive after his “extraordinary battle” with the “evil” coronavirus.

Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Garraway confirmed her partner Derek Draper was put into an induced coma with the virus, nearly 10 weeks ago.

The broadcaster said it had felt more like 10 years, but that she was “grateful that he’s still here”.

She confirmed he is now free of the virus but in a critical condition.

“The fight with the virus has been won, but it’s wreaked extraordinary damage to his body and we don’t know if he can recover from that,” she said.

“It’s affected him from the top of his head to the tip of his toes.”

‘Absolute uncertainty’

Garraway is the co-anchor of ITV’s Good Morning Britain, as well as a presenter on Smooth Radio, while Draper is an author and former Labour political aide.

She told the ITV programme she was putting on a brave face for the sake of their two young children, Darcey and Billy, and still enjoyed “moments of joy” and silliness with them, as her husband would have wanted.

But she suffered a big emotional crash two weeks ago, as “you can’t stay like that forever”.

“I just have to think, I need to make them feel safe, they’ve lost for the time being – let’s pray – their dad and he’s their world, so they need to see that their mum is OK,” said Garraway.

“The problem is I have huge hope and massive positivity and will never give up on that because Derek is the core of our lives, but at the same time I have absolute uncertainty,” she added.

The TV personality, who has appeared on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and Strictly Come Dancing, added: “And it’s not just me by the way, it’s his mum and dad and his sisters and everybody who loves him – all his friends, we’re all going through that.”

“And the doctors don’t know because they’ve never seen this before. One doctor said to me that he’s the worst-affected person that he’s had to treat, who’s lived.

“They talk about an evil virus, and it is.”


‘Unforeseen circumstances’

Garraway stressed she “didn’t want to scare people”, as the damage her husband has sustained is “incredibly rare”.

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However, she noted how doctors and nurses – who she described as being “extraordinary “- were now starting to see “completely unforeseen circumstances” and consequences connected to the virus.

“This is a war Derek is fighting and tens of thousands of others”, she went on. “It’s an absolute miracle that he’s here.

“I keep saying I know I’ve had a miracle but if I could just have one more, and he could just make that next step – I know I’m pushing my luck.”

Kate Garraway Opens Up On Husband’s Battle With Evil Virus


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