Kate Garraway has opened up on her husband Derek Draper’s hospitalisation from coronavirus and revealed it’s brought her family ‘closer together’.
The Good Morning Britain host, 53, and husband Derek, also 53, share two children together; daughter Darcey, 14, and son William, 11.
Derek has been in hospital since March and was placed into a medically induced coma after contracting Covid-19. Nine months later, he still remains in hospital as he battles complications from the virus.
With Christmas around the corner, Kate has been opening up on Derek’s health battle and what it’s been like for her and the kids at home.
While she admits it has brought her and her children ‘closer together’, Kate said that not having Derek around has been ‘sad’ and she hopes he soon recovers.
Accepting the Inspiration of the Year award at Hello! magazine’s Star Women Awards, Kate said that she is trying to be both ‘mum and dad’ for her kids.
She said of the past year: ”It has brought us closer but also they miss their dad, so I guess I’m trying to be mum and dad as well and obviously can’t be. It’s sad as well.’
‘It’s making sure there’s enough laughter going on as well,’ Kate said of how the family have been coping, adding: ‘That’s so important. You find yourself laughing at the silliest things and that’s kind of a release, isn’t it?’
Stating that Christmas will be ‘tough’ this year, Kate said she feels ‘lucky’ that Derek is ‘still with us’, as she spoke of her plans to introduce ‘new traditions’ in her home this year – as that way she and the kids can stay as close to Derek as possible while he is in hospital.
Her appearance at the virtual awards comes after Kate was seen discussing ‘new challenges’ Derek is facing and her family facing a fresh coronavirus scare.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain on Thursday, she explained: ‘A few challenges kicking off, challenges with Derek as there always are.
‘Also we had outside of Derek a little bit of a scare in the sense that the children had come into contact with somebody who, after coming into contact with them, tested positive for coronavirus. Isn’t seriously ill [but] it’s happening a lot particularly because of schools. So just to be ultra cautious, kept them at home, kept me at home until we got negative tests.’
Kate previously battled coronavirus in March, when Derek was first admitted to hospital. Derek is now Covid-free and said to be in a ‘minimal state of consciousness’.
‘We’re all fine, we’re all safe but I just wanted to make sure,’ Kate insisted live on air, as she pointed out she was being tested as a precaution. ‘I thought keep you safe, keep people here safe, keep everybody at Global, Smooth Radio safe.’
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