Dr Hilary praises 'incredibly strong' Kate Garraway as husband remains in coma

Dr Hilary Jones has praised ‘incredibly strong’ Kate Garraway, as her husband continues to fight for his life against coronavirus.

The 52-year-old revealed partner Derek Draper – with whom she shares children Darcey and William – is still ‘critically ill’ in hospital with symptoms.

And, during an appearance on Good Morning Britain, the health expert shared his support for the family.

‘I have to say, Kate is being incredibly strong,’ Hilary, 66, began.

‘She’s very conscious that she’s not the only one in this situation and she has sent her love and support to everybody else whose loved ones are critically as well.

‘She’s being very pragmatic, very strong, at a very difficult time. 

‘Everybody sends lots of love and support to her and are keeping their fingers crossed for Derek.’

Charlotte Hawkins continued: ’It’s just heartbreaking isn’t it? So much love, Kate, from all of us and to Derek. 

‘We’re thinking of you all and keeping everything crossed at this difficult time.’

Ben Shephard also shared an update from Kate, explaining his pal had been speaking to Derek from throughout his time in the coma – as she follows social distancing guidelines.

He told viewers: ‘She wanted to share that she’s been able to speak to Derek in the evenings in the coma.

‘She’s been able to share music with him, to talk to him, to support him.

‘She said, the thing you can pass on to everybody… She’s been able to pass on those messages that you’ve sent to her, to Derek. 

‘So he’s getting a sense of the support and positivity that’s coming from all of you.’

‘It’s really tough,’ he added. ’It’s really, really tough.’ 

Kate opened up about Derek’s health battles on Thursday, as she took part in the weekly #ClapForCarers initiative with their children.

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Another emotional #clapthecarers & never has it been more needed. If this pandemic #lockdown is dragging on for us, imagine what it is like for them. Shift after endlessly long shift , bravely going to work, to battle the virus and give our loved ones a chance. None of those keeping my Derek alive have ever made me feel it’s a chore, they want to win this as much as I want them to, but it must be so hard. He is still critically ill in intensive care, but where there is life there is hope. Thank you #nhs from the bottom of my heart . Thank you too for all your wonderful messages and advice of how to get through this. I am gathering the things that have helped me and putting them on my free clubgarraway.com ( link in bio) . I know I am not alone in struggling . We are all facing challenges , whether we have a sick loved one or not , so let’s stand together & I hope something on there helps YOU – even if it’s just to share!! Lots of love Kate xxx #hope #love

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Alongside a video of her neighbours applauding healthcare workers, she told Instagram fans: ‘Another emotional #clapthecarers & never has it been more needed. If this pandemic #lockdown is dragging on for us, imagine what it is like for them. 

‘Shift after endlessly long shift, bravely going to work, to battle the virus and give our loved ones a chance. None of those keeping my Derek alive have ever made me feel it’s a chore, they want to win this as much as I want them to, but it must be so hard.

‘He is still critically ill in intensive care, but where there is life there is hope. Thank you #nhs from the bottom of my heart.’

‘Thank you too for all your wonderful messages and advice of how to get through this,’ she continued. 

‘I am gathering the things that have helped me and putting them on my free clubgarraway.com (link in bio) . I know I am not alone in struggling.

‘We are all facing challenges , whether we have a sick loved one or not , so let’s stand together & I hope something on there helps YOU – even if it’s just to share!! Lots of love Kate xxx #hope #love.’

Good Morning Britain continues on weekdays, at 6am, on ITV.

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