Kate Garraway has to 'keep going for the kids' amid Derek Draper's Covid battle

Lorraine Kelly has opened up about how Kate Garraway is coping with husband Derek Draper’s ongoing coronavirus battle. 

Derek, 53, has been in hospital since last March after contracting Covid-19, and Kate, also 53, has often updated fans about how he is getting on.

Lorraine, 61, told OK how strong Kate has been in the almost year-long ordeal, explaining: ‘Honestly, she is the bravest girl.

‘I don’t know how she does it. We’ve known each other for years and I’ve always really liked her because, obviously, she’s lovely but she is also a steel magnolia.

‘She’s been incredible. She says she’s not doing anything anyone else wouldn’t do but I’m not so sure about that. And of course, she says she’s to keep going for the kids.’ 

Derek had been placed in an induced coma in order to help his body to fight the infection, which has caused many other problems to his organs including holes in his heart and leaving him diabetic, which he wasn’t before. 

Kate has also been warned by doctors that Derek may never fully come round from his coma, after remaining in a reportedly minimally conscious state since doctors withdrew the drugs keeping him under. 

The Good Morning Britain presenter has been looking after her and Derek’s two children, 14-year-old Darcey and 11-year-old William, singlehandedly while her husband has been fighting for his life. 

Lorraine added that Kate’s experience helped hammer home how dangerous coronavirus can be: ‘We were talking about Derek and I just wanted to give her a big cuddle. Because of what happened to her, it brought it home to all of us at work just how serious this is.’

Kate recently told Good Housekeeping about the past 10 months, revealing: ‘I’m not sure I am coping! I honestly don’t know how single mums do it; it’s just so hard.  

‘A lot of the time I find myself thinking, “What would Derek say?” and “What would Derek do?”’

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