Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan respond to tears as they support Kate Garraway’s husband

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Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan returned to tears by pledging their support to Kate Garraway’s husband, who is seriously ill, in the midst of his battle with COVID-19.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain on Monday, Piers, 55, and Susanna, 49, looked visibly emotional as they sent their best to Kate and Derek, and admitted they were “all hoping for a miracle.”

The husband of presenter Derek Draper, 52, has been in a comatose state in intensive care for the past 10 weeks after contracting coronavirus.

There for you: Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan returned to tears as they promised their support for Kate Garraway’s seriously ill husband amid his battle with COVID-19

Sorely missed: The Good Morning Britain presenter husband Derek Draper, 52, has been in a comatose state in intensive care for the past 10 weeks after contracting the coronavirus (photo: Derek and Kate in 2019)

Sorely missed: The Good Morning Britain presenter husband Derek Draper, 52, has been in a comatose state in intensive care for the past 10 weeks after contracting the coronavirus (photo: Derek and Kate in 2019)

Susanna said: “Before we start, I think we both just want to send our love to our colleague and friend Kate Garraway.

“We both watched his interview on Good Morning Britain on Friday. Millions of you have looked as well as she told you and us about the situation about Derek.

“Absolutely heartbreaking for the family and then she did an interview over the weekend, more details came out.

“So huge, huge love for Kate, she goes through hell, the family goes through hell. There is still hope, of course.

Support: Appearing on Good Morning Britain on Monday, Piers, 55, and Susanna, 49, looked visibly emotional as they sent their best to Kate and Derek, and admitted they were

Support: Appearing on Good Morning Britain on Monday, Piers, 55, and Susanna, 49, looked visibly emotional as they sent their best to Kate and Derek, and admitted they were “all hoping for a miracle”

And she said they were hoping for “this miracle” – and we all hope with her. So much huge love to Kate.

Former lobbyist Derek is now without a covide, but suffers from serious complications.

Kate broke down in tears as she revealed Derek thanked her for “saving her life” before he slipped into a coma during his 10-week battle with coronavirus.

The present became overcome with emotion during Friday’s Good Morning Britain as she admitted that she “doesn’t know” if Derek can recover from the “extraordinary damage” COVID-19 inflicted on her body, and may be in a coma for a year.

Kate said: “Well, there will be tears, I’ll try to keep them down, he’s always with us, he fought the most extraordinary battle, the fact that he’s still there and hang on.

Brave: Susanna said:

Brave: Susanna said: “So huge, huge love to Kate, she goes through hell, the family goes through hell. There is still hope, of course.”

“I am so grateful that it is still there, and I have the opportunity to pray while others have lost that. He’s very, very sick and over time it’s a virus, it’s like a computer virus, doctors handle one, but there seems to be a flicker of hope and other things emerge and they fight against it.

“It affected him from the top of his head to the tip of his toes.

She added: “He is now COVID free, he tested negative, the fight against the virus is over, but he has caused extraordinary damage to his body and we don’t know if he can recover from that.

Kate spoke for the first time about Derek’s initial admission to the hospital in March, revealing the last thing he told her before he was put into a medically induced coma, was “I love you, you saved my life.

She said: “In that first week, it seemed like he was gathering. But then he was very bad, he couldn’t really talk to me, he could yell things at me on the speaker.

Miracle: She said:

Miracle: She said, “And she said they were hoping for “this miracle” – and we all hope with her. So much huge love for Kate

“He was begging me, he said ‘I can’t take this, I feel like I’m suffocating’, he said ‘please let them put me in a coma’ and they didn’t want to do it. On Sunday, they said, “We’re going to put him in a coma because overnight we think we have to do it.”

“He said, “I love you, I’m sorry I have to leave you, you saved my life.” I think he thought I asked the doctors to put him in a coma. He said, “Being married to you, to the children, you saved my life.”

Derek has already credited Kate for saving her from the depression that began during her career as a political advisor and led to a nervous breakdown and a stint in The Priory in the late 1990s.

Kate and Derek have been married for 14 years, with the former lobbyist cheering on his wife for the duration of his stint on I’m A Celebrity last year.

Brave: On Friday This Morning Kate broke down in tears as she revealed the gravely ill husband Derek thanked her for

Brave: On Friday This Morning Kate broke down in tears as she revealed the gravely ill husband Derek thanked her for “saving her life” before he slipped into a coma

After her stint on I’m A Celebrity, the couple was planning to renew their vows in the coming months after Kate revealed Derek had proposed for a second time.

Kate went on to say Derek had no underlying health conditions and doctors were unable to explain why the virus had affected him the way he had.

Kate said: “He just got it very, very, very badly and we don’t know why. When you talk to doctors, there are so many things they tell you to help you understand what they are going through.

“There are different markers that tell you how much infection is in her body when she was really raging.

“At some point it was transferred to another hospital, there is an enzyme that the liver produces that increases when you fight the infection, healthy it would be less than 10, if it goes up to 200 then you are really sick.

Support: She said: 'Well, there will be tears, I'll try to keep them down, he's always with us, he fought the most extraordinary battle, the fact that he's still there and hold on'

Support: She said: ‘Well, there will be tears, I’ll try to keep them down, he’s always with us, he fought the most extraordinary battle, the fact that he’s still there and hold on’

“When Derek was admitted to the second hospital, it was 1286. He was out of the balance with the infection.

His lungs were strong and no one thought he’d live. So it’s just amazing that he’s still there.

“I’m so proud of him and most of all, the doctors and nurses around him are just amazing. They are amazing with what they have done, with a disease they learn every day.

Speaking about the onset of Derek’s illness, she said, “Derek had a sore shoulder for a few months, and had been taking medication and getting scans

“He had to have a steroid injection, he felt unwell and was at home tutoring the kids

“Je came back and said, “You don’t look good baby, I think it’s the painkillers.

Brave: Kate spoke for the first time about Derek's initial admission to the hospital in March, revealing the last thing he told her before he was put into a coma, was

Brave: Kate spoke for the first time about Derek’s initial admission to the hospital in March, revealing the last thing he told her before he was put into a coma, was “you saved my life”

“I just had this weird feeling,” asked if he had a cough. He didn’t do it, he said: “I think I have a weird sinusitis.

“I called the doctor, I said, “You don’t look good, no real feeling that it’s COVID, he didn’t have any of these symptoms.”

“Around March 29/30, I came home and said, ‘God you look sick.’

“He said he had a headache, numbness in his right hand, and had trouble breathing,

“I called Dr. Hilary (Jones) and tried to get through, he talked to Derek. He said to hand me over, I think you need to call an ambulance.

REVEALED: HOW COVID’S CRUEL LEGACY CAN LAST A LIFETIME

Covid-19 could leave survivors with debilitating diseases that last for years, doctors have warned since the spiral epidemic out of control.

A leading doctor called it “the polio of this generation” – a disease that has killed thousands of people and left a generation with mobility problems for life.

Patients who spend weeks fighting for life in intensive care may suffer long-term complications caused by permanent damage to the lungs and liver.

Physiotherapists also warn that patients may suffer from loss of mobility if they are stuck in hospital wards for weeks, or endure flashbacks and emotional distress.

But even patients who endure symptoms so mild that they are not admitted to the hospital are plagued by fatigue, headaches and shortness of breath that can persist for weeks.

Several recent studies have highlighted the evidence Covid-19 causes fibrosis – scarring of lung tissue that makes it harder for organs to work.

A research paper published in a Chinese journal in March stated that “pulmonary fibrosis may be one of the most [long-term] complications in Covid-19 patients.

There is also evidence that the virus can affect the brain, causing seizures and strokes, as well as harm to the liver, kidneys, heart and blood vessels.

A written article in the journal JAMA Cardiology in March reported that one in five Covid-19 patients had been hospitalized in Wuhan, China, had suffered heart damage.

Heart problems are thought to occur as a result of the virus triggering a “cytokine storm,” where the immune system overreacts to the infection.

The panel of leading scientists at Issue 10 , SAGE – has called for studies to study the long-term effects of the disease.

“I said, “I can’t believe I’m calling an ambulance,” I was very scared.”

He said we had to take him to the hospital right away, he didn’t have a temperature, and I helped him down the stairs.

“He had never been to the hospital before, he never really got sick and they put a mask on him to breathe

“He told the children, “You’re the best kids someone can ask for, be good for mom, take care of her and that’s it. He went straight to intensive care.

Kate said doctors navigate a field of uncertainty when it comes to Derek’s prognosis, saying: “They can’t say he can’t recover, they can’t say he’s going to recover. We don’t know how long it will take

“Weeks and months, it could take up to a year, I pray that there will be progress before.”

Nice surprise: The Good Morning Britain host previously revealed the couple were ready to renew their wedding vows after Derek skipped the question again after she left the jungle I'm A Celebrity

Nice surprise: The Good Morning Britain host previously revealed the couple were ready to renew their wedding vows after Derek skipped the question again after she left the jungle I’m A Celebrity

The star said the harsh reality of Derek’s illness had just begun hitting her over the past two weeks, crediting her career as a journalist for allowing her to deal with difficult situations in a calm manner.

She said: “Very early on, I spoke to Piers [Morgan] and he said, “Okay, go to Garraway, you’re a journalist that’s the story of your life. You focus on Derek, you have to get all the information you can.

‘And it really helped me because I thought ‘I have a job’. Because we’re in free fall. I have a job —to fight for Derek, keep life safe for Darcey and Billy and that forced me into this “breaking news mode.”

“When something terrible happens and you’re on the air, you don’t have to think about emotion, you have to think about doing your job. I’ve been riding this for weeks, weeks and weeks.

Emotion: Kate also moved host Ben Shephard to tears as she explained the impact Derek's illness had on her beloved children

Emotion: Kate also moved host Ben Shephard to tears as she explained the impact Derek’s illness had on her beloved children

She added: “Then two weeks ago I crashed, because you can’t stay like this forever. I have enormous hope and positivity and I will never give up on that, because Derek is the nucleus of my life and our lives.

“But at the same time, I have absolute uncertainty, Mom, daddy sisters, and doctors don’t know because they’ve never seen this before.

“A doctor told me that he was the most affected person he had to deal with and who lived. It’s an evil virus.

“I don’t want to scare people, Derek’s situation is extremely rare, some of the damage he has, hes only one of the five ppl they saw him in

“I was praying, please don’t let him die. We think of COVID as you live, fortunately, or die.

“More and more people are living, but with completely unintended consequences

Struggle: The GMB presenter, 53, talked about how his children (pictured, Billy with his sister Darcey, 14) are in trouble while missing their father

Struggle: The GMB presenter, 53, talked about how his children (pictured, Billy with his sister Darcey, 14) are in trouble while missing their father

“I cannot thank all the doctors and nurses who were involved in this situation.”

“It’s an absolute miracle, it’s still there. If I could just have one more and it might just do this next step….

Kate was inundated with support from fans who praised her bravery for talking openly about Derek’s condition on television, with GMB host Susanna Reid, Laura Tobin, Lorraine Kelly and Georgia Toffolo tweeting in support.

Back in April, it was revealed that Derek had been hospitalized with COVID-19 while Kate and their children isolated at home after she showed “slight symptoms.”

A few days earlier, the presenter had expressed her fears about Good Morning Britain after meeting Prince Charles before he tested positive for coronavirus.

She spoke of their live encounter on air, revealing that the couple had gotten “relatively close” at the Prince’s Trust Awards on March 11.

Hope:She said:

Hope:She said: “He is now COVID free, he tested negative, the fight against the virus is over, but he has caused extraordinary damage to his body and we do not know if he can recover from that” (photo December 2019)

Kate’s spokesperson Told MailOnline: “Kate’s husband, Derek Draper, has been taken to hospital and is being treated in intensive care with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

“He was admitted on Monday and has since tested positive for the virus.

“Kate, has not been tested, but she has also been posting mild symptoms, also since Monday, and as a result has been on strict isolation with her children at home.

Shortly after Kate met Prince Charles on March 11, GMB played images of the two together.

The presenter said: “We are relatively close there, as it was indeed all the other people who participated.

Kate kept followers up to date throughout Derek’s ongoing battle, taking part in the weekly Clap For Carers celebration in honor of those on the front line.

Kate recently revealed that their 10-year-old son Billy sleeps by her father’s empty bed every night.

Heartfelt: Kate shared a video of herself applauding for the NHS on Thursday night where she said her family had an

Heartfelt: Kate shared a video of herself applauding for the NHS on Thursday night where she said her family had an “additional special reason” to applaud for our caregivers

Billy is usually walking to school by Derek and misses him so much that he made a fort on the side of the former bed lobbyist.

Billy and Derek had been building a Lego Death Star from Star Wars and Billy left it unfinished so the couple can continue when he is out of the hospital.

Derek, a psychologist, was hospitalized in late March after running out of breath.

Due to the hospital’s hygiene rules surrounding the coronavirus, his family was unable to visit him.

Updates: Kate took to Instagram to update fans during heartbreaking time

Updates: Kate took to Instagram to update fans during heartbreaking time

The FaceTime family him every day in the hope that he will still be able to hear what they say.

Although father doting did not now Covid-19, the disease severely damaged his main organs.

Kate and Derek are also parents to their 14-year-old daughter Darcey, who says she is “all Draper. There is no Garraway in me.

Kate said: “There are times when I can’t bear to look around this house. It’s full of things he’s chosen, he’s trapped right now, in a line between life and the uncertainty of healing, and we’re trapped with that uncertainty as well.

Derek was initially taken to hospital with no other symptoms of coronavirus, just shortness of breath.

However, he then quickly deteriorated and felt like he was choking all the time for doctors to put him in a coma.

Family: The TV star has admitted at times that she feels paralyzed by fear, but vows to stay strong for their two children (pictured with Darcey and Billy last month)

Family: The TV star has admitted at times that she feels paralyzed by fear, but vows to stay strong for their two children (pictured with Darcey and Billy last month)

The couple became known by their mutual friend Gloria de Piero, a former GMTV presenter, and married in 2005.

Just before he was put into an induced coma, Derek told Kate on the phone: “You saved my life. I don’t mean now, I mean everything.

“Being married to you, and the children”

Doctors stopped giving Derek the drugs that put him in a coma three weeks ago, but he has not yet regained consciousness, although he sometimes opens his eyes.

Kate has revealed that she fears her husband Derek could remain in a coma “forever,” as she spoke about her devastating battle with coronavirus in an interview with The Sun.

Kate said she received a “terrible phone call” two weeks ago from a senior doctor in the intensive care unit.

The presenter explained: “My first question, the one I always ask when the hospital call, was, “Derek is still alive?” and he said he was, but then asked me what was my biggest fear.

“I said, ‘Derek is dying’ and he said, ‘Well, now I think I have to give you a second worst-case scenario, which is that he never changes that, he’s locked in this forever.’

He said: “I am not telling you this to frighten you. That’s because we don’t know if he can recover. We won’t know until the next few weeks and months,” I threw up, then and then.

Kate said she never imagined she would be told her husband can be trapped in a comatose permanently.

The Host of Good Morning Britain described him as the “second level of loss,” saying that even if he doesn’t die, if he doesn’t wake up, she will have lost it anyway.

The mother-of-two explained how the virus wreaked havoc on Derek’s body.

She recounted how the disease “attacked everything” before admitting with sorrow; “We don’t know if he can recover.”

Marriage: Kate and Derek have been married for 14 years (pictured in 2010 with their son Billy)

Marriage: Kate and Derek have been married for 14 years (pictured in 2010 with their son Billy)

Although he is able to breathe through a tracheotomy and hope is every day, he will rely on less respiratory support, an MRI revealed that he has holes in his heart, is on kidney dialysis, has a damaged liver and pancreas and is now diabetic, that he was not before.

Kate said doctors had been trying to get Derek out of his comatose state for the past three weeks, but he failed to regain consciousness.

She then compared looking at her battle to “like hubs,” adding that if Derek recovers, they are looking for “months of rehabilitation.”

The TV star has admitted at times that she feels paralyzed by fear, but vows to stay strong for their two children.

Discussing Derek’s progress further, the star remembers shortly before his birthday on May 4, Derek opened his eyes for the “first time”, the presenter hoping it was the beginning of his recovery.

Concerns: In April, it was revealed that Kate and her children isolated at home after exhibiting

Concerns: In April, it was revealed that Kate and her children isolated at home after exhibiting “mild symptoms” a few days after meeting Prince Charles, who tested positive for coronavirus (photo at the Prince’s Trust Awards on March 11)

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