Kate, 53, was emotional as she made her return to Good Morning Britain today for the first time since Derek, 52, was admitted to hospital back in March. The journalist has already given updates on her husband’s condition in the fast few months, explaining he is beginning to open his eyes as he awakes from his medically induced coma. However, in an interview with a survivor of COVID-19 and author Michael Rosen, 74, the presenter explained what she is doing in order to help her spouse during his recovery. Speaking about her other half so candidly made the ITV star emotional.
After Michael explained medical professionals had kept a diary for him whilst he was in a coma, Kate shared how she was now doing the same for Derek.
“I’ve just started doing one with Derek,” she revealed.
“The medical team were so focussed on life or death so I don’t think they had a second [to make one], they are too overstretched to do it.
“I’ve found it as a relative really helpful – especially with the team and staff changes – to look at it from the day before,” Kate continued.
Michael explained how the time he was in a coma is a period of his life does not or will not be able to recollect.
“[The diary] tells me a period of my life that doesn’t exist – for nearly seven weeks, I have no memory,” the GMB guest explained.
“The one memory I have is being in mittens and trying to get them off and the nurse saying ‘relax, save your energy’.
“It’s an instrument I have which I can put one word after another and helps me understand and come to terms with it.”
Kate replied: “It’s a lovely thought and its stories like yours that gives everyone hope.”
Co-star Ben Shephard added: “As you’ve said to me in the past, where there’s life there’s hope, but it’s a long journey for you. COVID has a long tail.”
“I’m getting a little emotional!” Kate remarked and the show moved on.
Crossing over to Lorraine Kelly, 60, to hear what was coming up on her show, the host praised her colleague for returning to her role whilst her spouse remains in hospital.
“Kate, I know you don’t want a big fuss – but it’s a joy to see you back!” Lorraine said.
Viewers also took to Twitter to share their thoughts, with one writing: “How brave is @kategarraway first day back and talking to someone that survived coronavirus. #GMB.”
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