Kate Garraway says there are 'challenges ahead' for Derek
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Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins, 46, has admitted she is in awe of her co-star Kate Garraway, 54, for “carrying on” despite the heartache she has been facing at home. Kate has been caring for her husband Derek Draper at their house in London after he spent the past year in hospital with Covid.
Derek was rushed to intensive care in March last year after testing positive for coronavirus and struggling to breathe.
The virus “wreaked havoc” on his body and he was placed in a coma.
He is now receiving round-the-clock care at home.
Charlotte has now praised mum-of-two Kate for bravely continuing with her presenting role on GMB amid her family struggles.
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Speaking in the August issue of Prima Magazine, Charlotte said: “I’m so full of admiration for Kate. She inspires me.
“She’s gone through so much in her personal life , and yet is able to carry on and it doesn’t affect her professional life.
“I knew how desperately heart-breaking it was and for her to be able to come into Good Morning Britain and to carry on presenting was incredible.
“I think she found that it focused her mind.”
Charlotte went on to share an insight into Kate’s personal life when Derek was in hospital.
The presenter revealed the star would sometimes be “up all night” talking to her other half over video call before heading straight out to work on the ITV show in the early hours of the morning.
Charlotte divulged to the publication: “Sometimes she’d be up all night, she’d be talking to Derek on FaceTime, then she’d be straight into Good Morning Britain.
“She’d be speaking to politicians and people whose relatives had died and were going through it.
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“I’m amazed at how she’s been able to cope in the way she has done.”
Kate recently appeared on GMB alongside Alastair Campbell, who has worked with Derek in the past.
The star explained earlier this month there are still some “huge challenges ahead” for Derek and her family, but added they were “latching onto the positives”.
Alastair wanted to know how Derek was doing and Kate replied: “He’s alright, he’s alright.
“He’s very up and down, we’re certainly not a long way out of the woods.”
Referring to why Derek returned home earlier this year, Kate explained: “Not because he was better, no.
“But being home has meant we’ve seen some things improved.
“Definitely having the family around, having the children around has provided stimulation and I think the problem is you latch on to the positives, which is good because you have to, but there’s absolutely no doubt that there’s huge challenges ahead.”
Read the full interview with Charlotte Hawkins in the August issue of Good Housekeeping on sale now. It is available in all supermarkets and online at MagsDirect https://magsdirect.co.uk/magazine-category/lifestyle/prima-lifestyle/
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