Kate Garraway says husband Derek is ‘very changed’ as she details ‘tough’ Christmas

GMB: Kate Garraway discusses ‘tough’ Christmas with Derek

On her return to Good Morning Britain this morning, presenter Kate Garraway, 53, told viewers she had managed to visit her 53-year-old husband Derek over the Christmas period with their children Darcey, 14, and Billy, 11. The host shared details about her “tough” festive period with co-star Ben Shephard. She said: “Well it was tough wasn’t it. It was tough for everybody.

It was very heightened with emotion, because he’s very changed.

Kate Garraway

“There was a lovely moment which we did have. We did, over the period, get to see Derek, and the children did, so that was amazing.

“Of course, it was very heightened with emotion, because he’s very changed.

“All the routines that we would normally do, it was one of those moments where it was so wonderful, but then it also amplified how sad everything was, does that make sense?”

Derek was first hospitalised with coronavirus back in March.

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While he is now covid-free, the disease attacked his body and caused further health complications including clots in his lungs, holes in his heart and diabetes.

The former political lobbyist was placed into a medically-induced coma.

In July, the presenter said Derek had started to come round from his coma and was in ”a minimum state of consciousness”.

At the time, she told Hello! Magazine: “I really believe he can hear. When medical staff say, ‘Good morning, Derek!’, he sometimes opens his eyes. 

“We and the doctors are doing everything we can so that he can start to recover.”

The Smooth Radio host keeps in contact with her spouse on a daily basis via FaceTime.

She added: “We’re keeping positive and doing everything we can to bring him round.

“The children and I communicate with him every day on FaceTime, while a nurse holds his iPad.”


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In October, Kate said he remains in a form of coma called a PDOC (Prolonged Disorder of Consciousness).

Last month, the presenter returned to Instagram to share further details about her tough festive period.

While dealing with her husband being in hospital, Kate also faced numerous problems at home including a flood and wifi issues.

In view of her 970,000 followers, she said: “Getting through Christmas has been a challenge hasn’t it with all the emotions it stirs in our strange world & nowhere really to put them – except in hope. And there is still so much real hope out there.

“Not just in the extraordinary health care workers & researchers who definitely hold a bright light for the future. But in all the little kindnesses.”

Kate went on to say she had a “calamitous few days” over the festive period after two pipes caused a flood at her London home.

“The guys from @bondconstruction who literally got on their hands & knees with me to bucket out water after we had 2 pipe leaks that flooded our home,” she continued to explain to fans.

Kate went on to thank her broadband company for helping her with her TV and wifi issues.

She also praised Emma Willis and Marks & Spencer for helping her get food in time for Christmas dinner.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.

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