Kate Garraway says she has had a 'tough week' with husband Derek Draper

Kate Garraway powered through her Smooth Radio show on Friday, after a 'tough week' with husband Derek Draper who remains critically-ill in hospital. 

The presenter, 53, clutched a coffee in hand as she finished off a week of hosting her Relaxing Music Week as well as her Good Morning Britain duties. 

Kate revealed on the show her week has been particularly hard for her husband, 53, as he continues to recover from the long-term effects of coronavirus in ICU.

WonderWoman: Kate Garraway powered through her Smooth Radio show on Friday, after a 'tough week' with husband Derek Draper who remains critically-ill in hospital

WonderWoman: Kate Garraway powered through her Smooth Radio show on Friday, after a 'tough week' with husband Derek Draper who remains critically-ill in hospital

Kate cut a casual figure in a pink knitted jumper, flared jeans and trainers and wore a blue safety mask as she left the studios before hopping onto the back of a taxi.  

During Friday's episode of GMB, Kate, received a message from former Prime Minister Gordon Brown who sent his well wishes to the mother-of-two.

Kate thanked the politician and offered viewers an update on her husband's condition, as she admitted it had been a difficult week for the family.  

Love: Kate revealed on the show her week has been particularly hard for her husband, 53, as he continues to recover from the long-term effects of coronavirus in ICU (pictured last year)

Love: Kate revealed on the show her week has been particularly hard for her husband, 53, as he continues to recover from the long-term effects of coronavirus in ICU (pictured last year)

Inspiration: The presenter, 53, clutched a coffee in hand as she finished off a week of hosting her Relaxing Music Week as well as her Good Morning Britain duties

Painful: Kate also ended up in hospital on Friday, after complaining of pain in her eye. It ended up to be a bit of her contact lens

Inspiration: The presenter, 53, clutched a coffee in hand as she finished off a week of hosting her Relaxing Music Week as well as her Good Morning Britain duties

Laid-back look: Kate cut a casual figure in a pink knitted jumper, flared jeans and trainers and wore a blue safety mask

Laid-back look: Kate cut a casual figure in a pink knitted jumper, flared jeans and trainers and wore a blue safety mask

Tremendous effort: She hopped onto the back of a taxi

Tremendous effort: She hopped onto the back of a taxi

She turned to co-host Ben Shephard, 45, and said: 'Tough week with Derek. It has been a tough week.'

Later in the show, Lorraine Kelly appeared on screen to discuss what would be coming up on her show, and said: 'I'm sorry to hear it's been a tough week, Kate – but we love having you on the telly!'

Former lobbyist Derek was hospitalised on March 29 after suffering serious complications from Covid-19 and has remained in intensive care ever since, in a minimally conscious state from which no one knows if he will ever recover.

Touching: During Friday's episode of GMB, Kate, received a message from former Prime Minister Gordon Brown who sent his well wishes to the mother-of-two

Touching: During Friday's episode of GMB, Kate, received a message from former Prime Minister Gordon Brown who sent his well wishes to the mother-of-two

Speaking to the Mail On Sunday's YOU magazine about the family's ordeal earlier this month, Kate revealed doctors had warned her Derek wouldn't survive, and expressed her shock at seeing his appearance as his 'worn-out and thin' body struggled to fight the virus.

Derek, who she revealed has lost eight stone during the battle, is one of an estimated just five people in the world whose bodies have been damaged so much by Covid.

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Kate recalled: 'Doctors were saying, "He's not going to make it.'

Unable to breathe, he was put into a medical coma to give his lungs a rest. Before he went under, he called Kate and said, "I love you, you've saved my life."

A timeline of Derek's coronavirus battle  

MARCH  

Kate revealed she and Prince Charles had got 'relatively close' at the Prince's Trust Awards on March 11 - Charles was diagnosed with coronavirus in mid-March.  

She said: 'Around the 29/30 March, I came home came in and said [to Derek] 'god you look ill.'

 'He said he had a headache, numbness in his right hand, and was struggling to breathe,

'I rang Dr Hilary (Jones) and tried to get through, he talked to Derek. He said put me back on, I think you need to call an ambulance'

Derek, 52, was taken into hospital on March 30 and remained in an unresponsive condition. 

APRIL  

Kate and her children isolated at home after she displayed 'mild symptoms'.

Kate said: 'Derek remains in intensive care and is still very ill. I'm afraid it remains an excruciatingly worrying time.

'I'm afraid he is still in a deeply critical condition, but he is still here, which means there is hope.' 

MAY 

Kate said: 'The journey for me and my family seems to be far from over as every day my heart sinks as I learn new and devastating ways this virus has more battles for Derek to fight. 

'But he is still HERE & so there is still hope.'

That month, Kate and her family took part in the final clap for carers

She said: 'I'll never give up on that because Derek's the love of my life but at the same time I have absolute uncertainty'

JUNE 

On June 5, Kate revealed Derek is now free from coronavirus but continues to fight against the damage inflicted on his body

JULY 

On July 5, Kate revealed Derek has woken from his coma but he remains in a serious yet critical condition.

On July 8, she announced she would be returning to GMB, after being urged by doctors to 'get on with life' during Derek's recovery.   

She added that Derek had 'opened his eyes' after waking from his coma, but has been told his recovery could take years.  

On July 13, Kate returned to GMB for the first time since Derek was hospitalised.    

On July 28, Kate revealed she'd paid an 'extra emotional' first visit to Derek, and admitted she's 'frustrated' by his slow progress.

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For several weeks, the family's only contact with Derek was through hospital staff, so when Kate first saw her husband, she found him unrecognisable.

Kate recalled: 'When I finally got to FaceTime him, seeing him unconscious was a big shock.

'He's lost nearly eight stone in weight, a lot of it muscle throughout his body. He looked worn-out, thin and pale with dark circles under his eyes and there were lots of tubes.'  

Kate contracted coronavirus herself at the same time as Derek, but made a full recovery.

Kate contracted coronavirus herself at the same time as Derek, but made a full recovery. 

Last month, the presenter discussed wanting to donate her blood plasma to Derek in a bid to help him in his battle.

The TV host said she she was 'desperately researching anything she could do to help' her husband who remains very sick in hospital.

Her GMB co-host Adil Ray, 46, said: 'On the show last week, you would have seen Kate talking about the potential importance of blood plasma transfusions for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

'That day the number of people offering to donate went up 300 per cent.

Kate said: It's a lovely lovely thing. The process which is similar to giving blood, only takes 45 minutes and can be used to help treat patients who aren't producing enough of their own antibodies to fight COVID-19.

'The reason it's popped up, why I was talking about it, was because when Derek first got sick, I was desperately researching anything I could do to help.

'I watched him be consumed by the virus despite all the brilliant efforts of those around trying to help him in the NHS.'

She continued: 'I was told at the time, because it was one of the ideas I had, 'what about giving my blood, there are antibodies in my blood because I've had it, will that help?' they said no because the trials for it hadn't really started.

'I started talking about it last week because I found out that now it is being used which is fantastic.'

Adil said: 'Kate, I will say this, you're so inspiring at a time like this.'

Kate replied: 'I don't know about that, I feel very emotional about it actually, not just the idea that people are coming forward but that it might save lives.

Kate revealed she is reluctant to talk about Derek 'every week' on the show as she doesn't want to upset viewers, but was reassured by Adil that she has been 'inspiring.'

Kate said Derek 'is very much still with us,' but it is still a 'waiting game'.

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In July Derek emerged from his deep coma and started showing some signs of consciousness, occasionally opening his eyes.

Only a few weeks ago, Kate was finally allowed to visit Derek in hospital. Coronavirus precautions mean the children and Derek's parents haven't been able to yet.

She admitted: 'I see him quite infrequently, not as often as I'd wish'. 

Discussing the moment doctors told her that Derek may never recover, Kate confessed that she threw up in shock.

She said: 'We hope and believe he will come out of it, but we just don't know.

'The heart of the family has been ripped out and we don't know if we will

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