Kate Garraway rushes home from Smooth Radio amid husband’s Covid battle


MARCH 2020

Kate revealed that she and Prince Charles had become ‘relatively close’ to the Prince’s Trust Awards on March 11 – Charles was diagnosed with coronavirus in mid-March.

She said: ‘Around March 29/30 I came home and said [to Derek] “God you look sick.

‘He said he had a headache, numbness in his right hand and had trouble breathing,

“ I called Dr Hilary (Jones) and tried to come by, he talked to Derek. He said get me back, I think you should call an ambulance ‘

Derek, 52, was hospitalized on March 30 and remained unresponsive.


Kate and her children isolated at home after showing “mild symptoms”.

Kate said: ‘Derek is staying in intensive care and is still very ill. I fear this will remain an excruciatingly worrying time.

“I’m afraid he’s still in very critical condition, but he’s still there, which means there is hope.


Kate said: ‘The journey for me and my family seems far from over as every day my heart sinks as I learn new and devastating ways in which this virus has more battles for Derek.

“But he’s still HERE, so there’s still hope.

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That month, Kate and her family participated in the final applause for caregivers

She said: ‘I will never give up on this because Derek is the love of my life but at the same time I have absolute uncertainty’


On June 5, Kate revealed that Derek was now coronavirus free but continued to struggle with the damage inflicted on his body


On July 5, Kate revealed that Derek woke up from his coma but remained in serious but critical condition.

On July 8, she announced that she would be returning to GMB, after being urged by medics to ‘get back to life’ while Derek recovers.

She added that Derek had “ opened his eyes ” after waking up from his coma, but was told his recovery could take years.

On July 13, Kate returned to GMB for the first time since Derek was hospitalized.

On July 28, Kate revealed she made a “ very emotional ” first visit to Derek and admitted she was “ frustrated ” by his slowness.


On August 14, Kate reassured GMB viewers that Derek was “still with us”, but that it was “a game of waiting.”

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On August 19, Kate revealed that she celebrated Derek’s birthday with their two children and described the day as “ difficult ” for her family.


By the end of September, Derek would have become the longest patient with coronavirus after spending 184 days in intensive care and out of it.

Kate reveals that Derek lost eight stones during his battle.

The host announces that she is returning to her Smooth Radio show so that Derek can hear his voice.


On October 30, Kate reveals that Derek spoke for the first time in seven months, saying the word ‘pain’ to his wife, who watched ‘in tears’ on FaceTime.

Kate says a day later that her husband no longer needs a ventilator to breathe.


Kate reveals her family car was stolen in the last ‘hard blow’ in her family life, as kind-hearted fans volunteer their cars to help her out.

She says she feels “ physically sick ” at the prospect of facing her first Christmas without Derek.

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The GMB star told viewers his dream is to visit Derek on Christmas Day.

She also reveals that she missed two weeks of treatment with GMB after her children were exposed to the virus, but luckily she and the children tested negative.

On December 17, Kate has an emotional chat live on GMB with two nurses who treated Derek while he was admitted to Whittington Hospital in north London.

On New Years Eve, she reflects on a ‘calamitous’ Christmas without Derek, as her house was flooded and she struggled to secure a food delivery slot until her friend Emma Willis intervened. for help.


Kate reveals that she and her children were able to visit Derek in the hospital over Christmas time, and it was the first time his family had seen him since he was hospitalized.

She also says she is not allowed to see him due to new restrictions introduced during the government’s third lockdown.


Kate reveals she doesn’t know how ‘ever able to recover’ Derek will be following doctors warning he may never wake up from coma



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