Kate Garraway has opened up about Father's Day being "tough" for the family as her husband remains seriously unwell.
The Good Morning Britain presenter penned an emotional tribute to the father of her two children, after revealing he has beaten coronavirus but may never fully recover.
Kate, 53, shared a collage of pictures of Derek Draper, her own father and Derek's father and said, "Happy Fathers Day to all the wonderful Daddy’s out there. A tough day for us but am filled with so much love & gratitude to still have for my Dad “Trinity" - thats my Dad Gordon , Derek’s dad Ken and of course Derek himself ( officially the Best Dad in the World according to Darcey & Billy. ) All three of them never happier than when they are with their children."
Explaining her social media absence over the past couple of weeks, Kate admitted she "needed a little time" after opening up about Derek's battle with the deadly virus.
"Thank you so much for all your kind messages of support after my interviews with GMB and The Sun a couple of weeks ago," she wrote. "Am sorry have not posted recently. I just needed a little time. They were incredibly emotional experiences & to be honest left me with a range of feelings - gratitude to @itv & @janemoore for giving me the chance to let all who so touchingly care for Derek know what he is up against but also rather overwhelmed by the long road that lies ahead."
Derek, who shares children William and Darcey with Kate, was admitted to an intensive care unit back in March and was put into an induced coma while suffering severely with the covid-19 virus.
Bravely speaking about the harrowing past few weeks, Kate explained that while Derek is no longer ill with the virus, he may never recover from the damage the disease has done to his body.
“The fight with the virus has been won and he’s still here but it’s wreaked extraordinary damage on his body and we don’t know if he can recover from that,” Kate said, getting teary.
Although the road to recovery is going to be "long," Kate said she will "never" give up on her husband.
"Whatever happens next I’m afraid it IS going to be a long road, with an uncertain end that isn’t even nearly in sight right now. BUT. This week I am refocusing on hope that as a family we are going to pull together with the support of friends and get through everything come what may.
"Hope- because I know that the amazing people keeping Derek alive, stand shoulder to shoulder with me in NEVER giving up on him and, of course, hope that my wonderful Derek is going to keep fighting this and eventually start to slowly recover."
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