Kate Garraway vows to 'keep fighting' with touching update about husband Derek

Kate Garraway has shared a touching update from her husband Derek Draper's hospital ward, amid his ongoing health battle.

The Good Morning Britain presenter posted a picture of a whiteboard from Derek's ward - where he is recovering from coronavirus - covered in inspirational messages, encouraging people to "keep fighting".

The powerful words read, "Don't give up on this year. Keep fighting for the good. Keep showing up. Keep loving. Keep giving back.

"Keep being kind. Keep being brave. Keep on caring. Keep trying new things. Keep showing grace. Keep on. The world needs you to believe in the good. 2021 is coming. Hold on. Smile."

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Kate, 53, captioned the shot, "Written on a white board on Derek’s ward to spur on staff and patients - not sure if have walked passed it before or its new, but definitely spoke to me today.

"Wonderful words as we brace ourselves for another week in these grim times- see you from 6 a.m on @gmb with a smile."

With Derek having been in hospital since April - first in an induced coma, now in intensive care – Kate is living “consumed with fear” about what the future holds.

Opening up in an emotional interview with You magazine, she said, “We hope and believe he will come out of it but we just don’t know.

“The heart of the family has been ripped out and we don’t know if we will ever get it back.”

Kate returned to work last month after months away from GMB as doctors urged Kate – who shares two children, Darcey, 14, and Billy, 11, with Derek – to get back to some sort of normality.

Despite putting on a brave face for the children, Kate, 53, has found his deteriorating condition a “big shock”.

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“He’s lost nearly eight stone in weight, a lot of it muscle throughout his body. He looked worn-out, thin and pale with dark circles under his eyes and there were lots of tubes.”

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.

“He’s still with us and has fought the most extraordinary battle.

“The fact that he is still here, I am so grateful.”

Georgia Farquharson
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