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Kate Garraway, 53, who presents Good Morning Britain on ITV, told her Instagram followers she had been to visit her husband Derek Draper in hospital today while he remains in intensive care. The Smooth Radio presenter shared an uplifting message which she says “spoke to her” during these “grim times”.
Keep fighting for the good
Kate’s husband Derek has been in intensive care for seven months now, after contracting coronavirus back in March.
The presenter has continued to keep her followers and friends updated on Derek’s health condition on GMB and social media throughout lockdown.
Today, Kate revealed one discovery she came across while on Derek’s hospital ward that has proven to keep her going.
In view of her 945,000 Instagram followers, the TV star posted a picture of a whiteboard filled with motivational and kind messages for those visiting patients.
The message read: “To all beautiful/handsome creatures this is for you…
“Don’t give up on this year. Keep fighting for the good. Keep showing up. Keep loving. Keep giving back. Keep being kind. Keep being brave. Keep on caring. Keep trying new things. Keep showing grace. Keep on. The world needs you to believe in the good.”
The message finished with: “2021 is coming… hold on. Smile,” followed by a smiley face.
Kate went on to share: “Written on a whiteboard on Derek’s ward to spur on staff and patients – not sure if have walked passed it before or it’s new, but definitely spoke to me today.
“Wonderful words as we brace ourselves for another week in these grim times – see you from 6 a.m on @gmb with a smile.”
It wasn’t long before many waded in to comment on Kate’s post by commending the lovely quote.
“Wonderful wise words. Love to you Derek and children. Take care and stay safe. Never give up,” one said.
Another added: “Keep strong Kate we are all behind you x.”
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It comes after the news broke that Derek had become the longest-serving patient with coronavirus.
Kate, who shares her children Darcey, 14, and Billy, 11, with Derek, opened up about her spouse’s current health situation on Good Morning Britain last week.
The mum-of-two shared with her co-hosts and viewers: “Derek’s mum and dad haven’t been able to see him.”
Fighting back the tears, Kate went on: “I think if they can go six months without giving a hug to their son – making me feel emotional – who is so desperately ill, then the rest of us can make it through.”
The I’m A Celebrity star then quickly apologised to Susanna Reid and Adil Ray for “depressing everyone”.
However, she stressed it is “the reality of living with the virus”.
Kate continued: “I have huge sympathy with people who are fed up with it. I think if you haven’t been directly affected by it, you haven’t seen the devastation but your life has been devastated; your livelihood, your ability to feel a sense of joy then, of course, you’re going to feel frustrated.”
She then urged people to continue with taking the necessary precautions seriously, as she added: ‘You don’t know who it will affect and how, so stick to it. There’s huge confusion around it and we’ve also been told different messages at different times.
“But we kind of know wearing a mask, not socialising with people, social distancing – we know the basics. We have to just do our best.”
Kate says his condition could continue for “years” after having regained a minimal sense of consciousness since being put into a coma.
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