Piers Morgan has said Kate Garraway is ‘finding hope’ in the inspiration story behind coronavirus survivors as her husband fights the illness in intensive care.
Derek Draper has been severely ill with covid-19 for the past seven weeks, with Kate taking time away from GMB in order look after him and her family.
The team have shared small bits of information about the update, while the family mainly continue to deal with the situation privately.
But while talking to Jo, a woman who came close to death while battling the virus herself but survived, Piers admitted this was the kind of positive story Kate needed to hear.
Speaking to Jo’s doctor, Dr Wimbush, Piers said: ‘One of our colleagues, Kate Garraway, her husband’s been very critically ill now for a long period of time.
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‘These sort of stories, I have to say, I think give Kate huge hope when she hears them and sees them, because you know she’s been in this very position that Clive [Jo’s husband] was in where you can’t see your loved one, you have to just muddle through I guess.
‘Dr Wimbush, one of the hardest things about this is that there’s no usual personal contact either between loved ones, and their own family, as they are in critical condition fighting for their lives,’ he added.
‘They can’t go and see them. And you as the staff, trying to save them you can’t connect with the families in the way that you would like to. It’s all very disconnected.’
Dr Wimbush agreed, particularly in the case of Jo, whose husband Clive was told to ‘prepare for the worst’ as she fell severely sick with Covid-19 and they feared she wouldn’t pull through.
He explained that they would have to wear full PPE kit around Jo, which meant that even they wouldn’t be able to see their face or body to offer some support.
Despite her horrific ordeal, Jo was seen smiling on today’s Good Morning Britain, saying that during the hospital, the biggest thing she was looking forward to during the time in hospital was being back on her sofa looking out at her garden.
‘I want to say thank you to everybody,’ she beamed, back on her sofa alongside her husband.
‘Although I don’t remember everything that happened, I do remember on several occasions waking up, you know somebody holding my hand reassuring me that I was safe, and, you know, I always felt safe and looked after.
‘The staff were just amazing and I know they looked after Clive amazingly well as well, keeping him informed every day.
‘So yeah, everybody, you know I just I can’t express my thanks enough for everybody.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
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