Kate Garraway 'really grateful' for support as Finding Derek airs

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 March 2021
Kate Garraway

Kate Garraway

'Good Morning Britain' co-host Kate Garraway has told how she is "really grateful" for viewers' support after her programme 'Finding Derek', which documented her husband Derek Draper's 12 months in intensive care, aired last night (23.03.21)

Kate Garraway is "really grateful for the support" after her documentary 'Finding Derek' aired last night (23.03.21).

The 53-year-old star sent in a message for her 'Good Morning Britain' co-hosts Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid to read out earlier today (24.03.21) after the programme – which documented her husband Derek Draper's past 12 months in intensive care dealing with coronavirus and the after-effects – was broadcast on ITV on Tuesday evening.

Susanna said: "Also we have to say, Kate has been in touch. She wants to say a huge thank you for all of the love this morning. There has been a huge response to 'Finding Derek' last night.

"I know many of you have been touched by her story.

"We spoke to her yesterday morning, and she will be back in tomorrow.

"She says she is reading every single message and she is really grateful for the support."

Kate also appeared as a guest on Tuesday's 'GMB', during which she fought back the tears as she discussed Derek's plight.

She said: "There is a moment in the documentary that I think is tough for people to watch and that is the moment where he feels like he can’t go on.

"And I managed to record that moment. Actually, it was quite a long period of that, in truth. That particular moment was actually a night where I then came in here and was on air the next morning.

"It started late at night and I didn't want to come off the FaceTime, I wanted to stay with him and say, 'I'm still here, I'm still here, I'm still here'. So we kept going through the night.

"And then in the car on the way to work, I asked, 'Can you put 'Good Morning Britain' on in there so he can see that and doesn't feel abandoned'.

"What was interesting about that point and why I decided to include it, because it obviously is him on a very low emotional ebb. So you have to think very carefully about whether he wanted that to be shown.

"But why I wanted to include it is because anybody would feel where they've been trapped inside a body and mind that's not letting them communicate but they're fighting against physical pain and discomfort. Anyone would feel that way.

"I think it was just important to show that is going to affect you whatever degree you've got it. It's going to affect everybody."

While the former lobbyist is now free of coronavirus, he remains in intensive care, and some of the after-effects have included his heart stopping more than once, his kidneys have failed, his liver and pancreas have been damaged, and numerous infections have left holes in his lungs.

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