Kate Garraway receives support and praise from fans after Finding Derek documentary

Naomi Gordon
·3-min read
Photo credit: Tony Ward - ITV
Photo credit: Tony Ward - ITV

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Kate Garraway has been commended for sharing such a personal and candid insight into her family's life since husband Derek contracted Covid-19 in documentary Finding Derek, which aired on ITV last night (Tuesday, 23 March).

The Good Morning Britain presenter gave a raw and unflinching account of how her family has coped since Derek was hospitalised with Covid a year ago. Derek remains in intensive care for continued treatment today, and while he no longer has the virus, it has caused heart failure and damage to his liver and pancreas. Kate and Derek have two children - Darcey, 14 and Billy, 12.

The one-off film featured Garraway speaking with other families profoundly affected by coronavirus, and discussing the lesser-known long-term effects of Covid with those who have since recovered from the initial infection.

Viewers and celebrity friends of Garraway's also applauded her for her perseverance and positivity in the wake of such a heartbreaking ordeal, and thanked her for sharing her journey so candidly and openly.

GMB co-host Ben Shephard said: "So proud of my friend @kategarraway, she continues to surprise, delight, occasionally infuriate but always inspire me. Thinking of Kate, her family and anyone who is battling Covid or has lost someone close to them to the virus."

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Lorraine Kelly commented: "Heartbreaking but such courage, humanity and strength @kategarraway - you are incredible!"

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Martin Lewis wrote: "It's very difficult watching #FindingDerek but nothing compared to living it. Kate 's positivity and perseverance is so powerful. I just keep trying to grab glimpses of the quick, witty, warm Derek I remember. To see his anxiety and confusion is horrible. I pray he's found."

"Utterly heartbreaking," Myleene Klass added. "@kategarraway you are so full of bravery and courage. Derek has the most incredible woman standing by him."

Fans also praised Garraway for raising awareness about Covid and its long-term effects, while reaffirming the importance of wearing masks to protect others.

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Garraway thanked everyone for their kind words, tweeting: "Thank you so much for all your lovely comments - your support means so much to me and others. I hope you find some comfort and hope from the doc #findingderek tonight and do get in touch with me to share your thoughts - either here or email me kate@clubgarraway.com."

Kate Garraway: Finding Derek is available to stream on ITV Hub now.

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