Piers Morgan revealed that his good friend and colleague Kate Garraway had “immense hope” when hearing stories of survivors of the coronavirus.
Her husband, Derek Draper, 52, remains in critical condition and unresponsive to intensive care, where he has been for seven weeks while “fighting for his life”.
Piers, 55, spoke to Kate in Good Morning Britain on Wednesday after hearing a woman named Jo Tillbrook who survived the coronavirus after a long hospital stay.
Concern: Piers Morgan told GMB on Wednesday that Kate Garraway has hope when hearing stories of people who have survived the coronavirus while her husband Derek is fighting for his life
Sad news: Derek remains in critical condition and does not respond to intensive care after seven weeks of fighting the coronavirus (photo with Kate in 2008)
He said: “One of my colleagues, Kate Garraway, her husband has been seriously ill for a long time.
“And those kinds of stories, I must say, think of giving Kate immense hope when she hears and sees them.
Jo’s husband Clive had been asked to “prepare for the worst” by the doctors, who feared that Jo wouldn’t be able to recover – but she recovered completely.
Reassuring: Piers, 55, spoke about Kate after hearing a lady named Jo Tillbrook (left) who survived the coronavirus after a long hospital stay
Seeking Hope: Piers said their story would be of great comfort to Kate, whose husband was taken to hospital on March 30
Piers said their story would be of great comfort to Kate, whose husband was taken to hospital on March 30.
He said, “She was in the same position as Clive, you can’t see your loved one. Just get by, I guess.
Monday, Piers admitted that Kate “Goes through a living hell” because she cannot visit her sick husband.
Piers said, “We haven’t talked about it much because Kate Garraway is going through living hell like a lot of people.
“She’s going through living hell”: Piers also said on Monday that he “hopes and prays” that Derek will get through
Heartbreaking: Kate updated people on her husband’s condition every Thursday on social media after cheering for the NHS (Derek pictured with Kate in December)
“Her husband has been in very serious condition for many weeks.
“We can all just hope and pray that he comes through, but it has been very, very difficult for Kate and her family.
“We miss her here at the show, but we obviously stay in touch with her a lot. We send him and our children all our love and we simply wish Derek the best.
He said, “We can all hope and pray that he comes through, but it has been very, very difficult for Kate and her family.”
Co-host Susanna Reid added, “We didn’t say much, we leave it to Kate because she updates the fans on the Thursday after the Clap for Carers, then Ben Shephard updates the viewers the next day. “
Speaking on talkRADIO on Sunday, Piers described how he was personally affected by COVID-19.
He told Kevin O’Sullivan, “I have a cousin whose father died of a coronavirus. Had another friend of mine – a television producer I worked on overseas missions – whose mother died in a nursing home last week.
“I had Kate Garraway, who is the co-host of Good Morning Britain – her husband Derek Draper is fighting for his life while we are talking and has been in intensive care for many weeks.
“So I was personally affected by this, by the large number of friends of mine and family who were directly affected in the most horrible way.
“So yes, I feel a personal attachment to this story. But I think most people, if they have a conscience, should.
Another colleague from Kate GMB on Friday gave viewers an update on her husband’s progress.
Ben Shephard, 45, said, “Many of you are wondering how Kate, 53, Darcey, 14, and Billy, 10, and Derek are. We can update you because Kate did it last night on her Instagram. ‘
Shock: On Friday, Ben Shephard informed GMB fans of Derek’s progress as he continued his battle against coronaviruses
In her article, Kate detailed how she had FaceTimed her comatose husband during the weekly Clap For Carers initiative and said that she “believed he could hear us”.
During the video call, Kate beamed as she watched the children light smoke-colored flares, while talking to her husband, who she thought could hear him.
Kate went to Instagram to share a video of her 10-year-old son Billy showing a lego version of his family with Derek in the spotlight, which his father should have at his hospital bedside.
The next morning, Ben then read his message saying, “So our #nhsclap was a little different tonight. We’ve always cheered and cheered as much as ever, but I couldn’t film on my phone like Derek did on FaceTime!
Applause for caregivers: Kate detailed how she had FaceTimed her comatose husband in the latest weekly Clap For Carers initiative and said that she “believed he could hear us”
Grateful: the mother of two made sure she went out with her children to cheer the caregivers every Thursday evening
“Of course we cannot KNOW, but I believe he can hear us [he’s still in a coma] and I thought at least the incredible @nhs team that looked after him would hear our gratitude …
“Love to all in these terrible times – separation from loved ones for whatever reason is so difficult. “
After reading the post, Ben went on to say, “She did, and many people can share their thoughts with loved ones.
“The comments we have received from people in a coma are that they can hear things. “
Kind: Kate went to Instagram to share a video of her 10-year-old son Billy showing a lego version of his family with Derek in the spotlight, so that his father had him at the hospital bedside
Earlier Thursday, Kate thanked the fans for their continued support.
The presenter, who regularly kept subscribers informed of Derek’s progress, explained how the messages of support “made a difference” to her as her husband fights for his life in the hospital.
In her latest blog post, Kate said the kind words were “comforting” as she tried to stay strong for her husband and children Darcey and William.
She said: ‘I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who sent me such wonderful messages wishing Derek good luck. It meant the world to me.
“I’m sorry I couldn’t answer it individually, because I’m sure you will understand that I am focusing on my family and Derek at the moment.
The TV host continued, “In quieter times, I read all of your messages and they are so comforting and wonderful to read. “
Kate is said to have telephoned her husband daily, with whom she raises children Darcey and William, while he remains on a ventilator in intensive care.
Strong: In her latest blog post, Kate said the kind words were “comforting” as she tried to stay strong for her husband and children Darcey, 14, and William, 10 (November photo)