Kate Garraway calls her husband Derek Draper “every night” – but doesn’t know if he can hear her
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The Good Morning Britain presenter’s spouse is battling coronavirus in intensive care and her co-anchor, Ben Shephard, has revealed Kate finds “comfort” in her daily calls, despite not knowing if Derek understands a word she’s saying.
Speaking on the show, Ben said of Kate’s situation:
‘Staff are taking a phone in the evenings and she can talk to her husband.
‘She has no idea if he is responding, but she hopes that he is.
‘It’s a source of comfort’.
Kate – who has Darcey, 14, and William, 11, with Derek – had to celebrate her 53rd birthday in isolation and without her husband for the first time in 16 years over the weekend.
The Smooth Radio presenter shared a picture of her birthday cake on Instagram.
Kate also revealed she was given chocolates by her kids and “smellies” from the ITV team, adding that Derek is a “great believer in the healing power of silliness”.
‘So yesterday was always going to be a tough one – 1st birthday in 16 years without Derek – so for the kids & I, his abscence was very present. But am very well aware could be worse – he is still here.
‘So we resolved to do what I think we are all having to do at the moment aren’t we – treasure & be grateful for the love around us – however distanced we are from it. And focus on the joy of life & love in the moment – the small things that are huge & really should be at the core of everyday, but usually the everyday gets in the way.
“So THANK YOU so much for all your messages they mean such a lot, to the friends @itv who sent chocolate for the kids & uplifting smellies for me, to mates who dropped off food, posh teabags & milk & made me smile at silliness (derek is a great believer in the healing power of silliness), to my amazing family, to derek’s friends who sent me messages of fun times they have had with him (pictured is when Derek was editing a student newspaper – insert your own ” his taste in birds” joke here!)
‘And the strangers who got this cake >>> from @romankemp & all at @global & worked out it was actually meant for me (was it the bourbons that gave it away??!!) – THANK YOU all. But most of all thank you to the NHS teams keeping derek still with us & battling everyday to inch him toward recovery (sic)’.