Kate Garraway has revealed she likes to play Sir Elton John’s music to her husband Derek Draper, who is currently in hospital after contracting coronavirus.
Derek was hospitalised when he first contracted coronavirus in March, earlier this year, where he was placed into a medically-induced coma.
He has since remained in hospital as he continues to battle complications from the infection, with Kate keeping fans updated on his recovery and previously explaining that while Derek is now ‘pretty stable’, he continues to go through ‘ups and downs’.
In a new interview, Kate opened up on Derek’s hospitalisation and revealed she plays Elton’s music to him to help him through his recovery.
Speaking to Woman & Home as part of a shoot with her fellow Smooth FM stars, she credited Crocodile Rock hit-maker Elton for showing her his support while Derek has been unwell.
Kate explained that playing Elton’s music on her radio show feels ‘particularly special’ this year, as she said: ‘He’s been so personally kind to me about the situation with Derek.
‘We’ve been playing Elton’s music to Derek while he’s been in hospital.’
At the end of October, Kate revealed that Derek had an ‘amazing but heartbreaking’ breakthrough as he said his first word in 200 days.
As part of his recovery, doctors had to manipulate Derek’s body to stop him from seizing up and Kate said as she watched over FaceTime, she saw her husband mouth the word ‘pain’.
‘It’s a case of trying to balance belief, hope, optimism with reality,’ Kate said of the breakthrough.
She told The Sun: ‘Right from the beginning, when Derek couldn’t even open his eyes, the doctors and nurses have always talked to him to be respectful, and to try to trigger a response.
Kate said as doctors shifted Derek and asked if he could feel anything, he whispered ‘pain’ – something she described as ‘heart-wrenching’ to see.
The star is now preparing for her first Christmas at home without Derek and recently confessed the thought of spending it without her husband makes her feel ‘physically sick’.
Kate, who shares two children with Derek; daughter Darcey, 14, and son William, 11, said on Good Morning Britain: ‘I can sort of feel my chest tightening at the thought of it in a total panic about the idea of Darcey, Billy and myself on our own at Christmas unable to visit Derek because of potential restrictions.’
She said not having Derek at home over Christmas has created a ‘huge emotional hole’ she is unsure of ‘how to fill’ without the help of her loved ones, including her parents and friends.
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