Kate Garraway hopeful husband will make ‘improvement’ as he remains in hospital

TV and radio presenter Kate Garraway has opened up in a candid interview updating on her husband Derek Draper's heartbreaking battle with Covid-19.

While Derek, 53, no longer has coronavirus, he is still fighting for his life in intensive care amid his hopeful recovery.

Previously, it was revealed on Good Morning Britain that as a result of the deathly virus, Kate's husband now has holes in his heart and lungs as well as him having lost a staggering eight stone in weight.

Brave Kate now explains that she want to take a more "positive" approach as she prays for a "trajectory of improvement" to happen any day now.

In discussion with Good Housekeeping, the mum-of-two revealed: "We're really hoping we're on some kind of trajectory of improvement.

"It's very much two steps forward, three steps back, but if I think back to where we were in March 2020, when Derek's lungs were solid with infection and his infection rates were the highest doctors had seen in anyone who has lived, we're undoubtedly in a more positive place."

Speaking about acts of kindness, Kate explained how the support of people has kept her going while Derek has remained in a hospital bed.

She said: "That's been one of the positives of this horrible time, and I've found it [kindness] in the most unexpected places.

"There's a lovely lady who lives over the road from me and I didn't know her before all this, but every week she makes a cake for me and the kids.

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"Somehow she always knows when we most need a lift! We've really got to know each other because of it, too, and that's been lovely."

Derek was taken into intensive care in March of last year when the pandemic was very new to the UK, since then Kate has been left to pick up the pieces as a single parent.

When addressing coping mechanisms, the TV host added: "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?' I’m lucky that I'm being supported by lots of friends, too, and Ranvir [Singh] has been really helpful because she's been operating as a single mum since her son, Tushaan, was very little.

"I asked her, 'How do you do it?' and she said, 'You just have to accept that you can't do everything.'"

Read the full interview with Kate Garraway in the March issue of Good Housekeeping, on sale the 29th of January. It is available in all supermarkets and online at MagsDirect.

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