Kate Garraway and Susanna Reid

Susanna supported Kate as she appeared on the show (Picture: ITV)

Susanna Reid has hailed Kate Garraway as a ‘tower of strength’ after she appeared on Good Morning Britain to talk about her husband Derek Draper’s coronavirus battle.

She told her: ‘Oh @kategarraway you are such a tower of strength for Derek and the children.

‘So much love for you all. Everyone watching is with you, hoping for that miracle.’

Kate bravely appeared on the show to speak about how she and her kids are coping with Derek battling coronavirus in intensive care.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain for the first time since Derek’s hospital visit, she told Ben Shephard and Ranvir Singh that he was officially ‘Covid-free’ – but the virus had wreaked havoc on his body.

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The 53-year-old became emotional as she recalled his final words before he went into a coma. ‘He was very bad,’ she said.


‘He was begging me, saying “I can’t stand this, I can’t stand this. I feel like I’m suffocating every second of the day, I can’t take it, please let them put me in a coma”.’

Discussing their final phonecall before he went in the coma, Kate explained: ‘He said, “You saved my life. I don’t just mean now, I mean marrying you.”’

The presenter’s husband of 15 years was taken to hospital back in March and has been fighting for his live ever since.

Kate and her children continued the weekly applause for the NHS this week.

In a sweet video, Kate posted the trio having their own mini clap as they cheer on Derek’s recovery from their home.

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‘No official #clapforcarers tonight but we just wanted have our own mini one as our heart felt thanks go on to all fighting to keep Derek with us,’ she said. ‘Tomorrow I will have the chance to update you & thank you for all your support on @gmb – see you at seven.’

Derek has been in hospital since 1 April after contracting the coronavirus, and has remained in intensive care ever since. 

She has been supported by the entire Good Morning Britain team, with Ben giving personal updates every week since his hospitalization. 

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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