KATE Garraway has thanked a fan who told her that her critically ill husband Derek Draper will recover from his coronavirus coma.
The Good Morning Britain star responded to a kind Twitter post in which a follower suggested she look to a famous mountaineer for inspiration.
The fan posted: "@kategarraway..keep going with the messages he is hanging on, for a reason, for you, the kids, he has to come back to you all and he will.
"try to watch the you tube clip about Lincoln Hall, he explains about the stages of unconsciousness that he came back from. Big hugs xxx."
Moved by the post, Kate replied: ""Thanks – will do xxx."
Lincoln Hall was an Australian climber who cheated death while scaling Everest in 2006.
He was abandoned by his expedition when they believed he had died after falling extremely ill on the mountain.
With oxygen running low and conditions worsening, his team made the decision to return to camp without him.
Against all odds, he was found alive by another team 12 hours later.
Despite his miraculous survival, six years later he died from mesothelioma.
Meanwhile on Father's Day Kate paid a heartbreaking tribute to her "wonderful" husband – promising that she will never give up on him.
The Good Morning Britain host posted a picture of the 52-year-old, who has been in hospital since March battling a brutal attack of coronavirus, alongside his dad Ken and her father Gordon.
Derek and the 53-year-old TV star are parents to two children – 14-year-old daughter Darcey and 10-year-old son William, who they call Billy.
In a touching message, Kate explained that she was feeling "overwhelmed by the long road that lies ahead" but said she was focused on her family being able to "pull together".
She wrote: "Happy Fathers Day to all the wonderful Daddy’s out there. A tough day for us but am filled with so much love & gratitude to still have for my Dad 'Trinity'.
"Thats my Dad Gordon, Derek’s dad Ken and of course Derek himself (officially the Best Dad in the World according to Darcey & Billy.)
"All three of them never happier than when they are with their children. I’m so grateful to have you still in our lives – & know so many today don’t have that. But the love is there – no separation can change that.
"Thank you so much for all your kind messages of support after my interviews with GMB and The Sun a couple of weeks ago. Am sorry have not posted recently. I just needed a little time.
"They were incredibly emotional experiences & to be honest left me with a range of feelings – gratitude to @itv & @janemoore for giving me the chance to let all who so touchingly care for Derek know what he is up against but also rather overwhelmed by the long road that lies ahead.
"Whatever happens next I’m afraid it IS going to be a long road, with an uncertain end that isn’t even nearly in sight right now.
"BUT. This week I am refocusing on hope that as a family we are going to pull together with the support of friends and get through everything come what may.
"Hope- because I know that the amazing people keeping Derek alive, stand shoulder to shoulder with me in NEVER giving up on him and, of course, hope that my wonderful Derek is going to keep fighting this and eventually start to slowly recover.
"After all we are all having to do that aren’t we in one way or another – this ghastly time has affected us all & life deals us blows that we just have to bounce back from & celebrate the good.
"This Father’s Day I am sending you all the love & positivity in the world – let’s seek out the joy! #staypositive #hope #fathersday."
Piers Morgan revealed last week that his pal's Kate's life has become a "living hell" since her husband was hospitalised with coronavirus in March.
He explained that the pair had been planning to renew their wedding vows this summer, but added: "Agonisingly, Kate doesn’t even know if she will ever get Derek home again."
The former political adviser has now overcome coronavirus after being put in a coma, but Kate recently told The Sun she had been warned by doctors that he may never fully recover.
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