Kate Garraway gave a moving interview about her husband Derek Draper's battle with COVID-19 as she discussed his last words before doctors put him in a coma.
The Good Morning Britain presenter spoke to Ben Shephard and Ranvir Singh on Friday, telling the hosts, "he’s still with us" and "still holding on".
Derek has been in a coma for 10 weeks. Kate gave an update, saying: "He’s very, very sick… it’s affected him from the top of his head to the tip of his toes".
On her husband and father of two children first falling ill, Kate revealed: "Derek had had a painful shoulder for months and had had scans for that and just before lockdown, he was going to have steroid injections but it was cancelled and he was miserable with the pain and was homeschooling.
"On the Friday, I got back and said ‘You don’t look right, babe’. And he said ‘I think it’s the painkillers.’ I took his temperature and he didn’t have that or a cough. He thought he had sinusitis."
She called the GP and got some antibiotics, but days later when Kate came home from work, Derek told her: "I don’t feel well, I’ve got a splitting headache, numbing in my hand and I’m struggling to breathe."
Kate recalled: "I’d tried to get through on 111, so I thought, ‘I’m going to call Dr Hilary’ and he talked to Derek and he did some breathing tests to test capacity and I’ll never forget it. He said, ‘put me back onto Kate.’ ‘I think you need to call the ambulance.’ So I said, ‘Ok’."
After going into intensive care, doctors then needed to put Derek into a coma.
Speaking about his last words to her, Kate said Derek told her: "I love you, I’m sorry I have to leave you."
She said" "It’s only for three or four days, it’s good, it’s what you wanted."
He replied: "You’ve saved my life – I think he thought I’d persuaded the doctors to put him in a coma, and he said ‘I think you’ve saved my life, I don’t mean just now, I mean being married to you and the children and everything.'"
Asked if it is known why Derek has been so badly affected, Kate told Ben: "We don’t, he had none of the underlying health concerns. He just got it very, very, very badly and we don’t know why."
Kate says Derek is now COVID-free "but it’s wreaked extraordinary damage on his body and we don’t know if he can recover from that".
On the positives, she praised all those who have supported her: "I’ve been overwhelmed by how lovely everybody has been - everybody watching the show, thank you so much.
"I know I haven’t got back to you all and even really close friends of Derek and mine I haven’t responded to yet but I’m going to and people have just been amazing and it just makes a massive difference… You see a lot of really good in people in the midst of all this."
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