Kate Garraway says she’ll read Derek his anniversary card in hospital today as family ‘did our best to make it special’

KATE Garraway told Good Morning Britain viewers she will read husband Derek his anniversary card in hospital today.

The journalist was unable to see her seriously ill husband on their 15th wedding anniversary yesterday, but she did raise a drink to him at home with her family.

Speaking this morning, she said: "We did our best to make it special. We had him on Facetime. We raised a glass to say happy anniversary.

"I have a card to take to read to him. He was a prolific card writer for birthdays. He’d always remember. And hopefully he’ll do it again. 

"It will be strange reading to him, but this time I have made a bit more of an effort."

Kate admitted yesterday that not being with Derek for the occasion was "tough".

The 53-year-old shared her disappointment on GMB, before considering that it might have been "strange" anyway.

Speaking to Susanna Reid and Adil Ray, she said: "It's actually Derek and I's wedding anniversary today, unbelievably – 15 years today.

"What an extraordinary thing. I won't be able to see him today, I kind of hoped I would but it wouldn't work out that way for a visit… But maybe it would be a bit strange anyway.

"So yeah, it's a tough day but he's still here. There's not a huge amount of change."

Addressing Susanna, Kate continued: "I haven't seen you for ages, Adil I haven't seen you for a couple of weeks either… So much happens in those couple of weeks, there's so many seeming positives, but actually when I see people again it's just the same.


"But you have to think, at least he's here with you – you have a flicker and then a bad day but you have just got to keep going really."

Derek was rushed to intensive care with coronavirus back in March, and he was put into a coma shortly afterwards – and he remains in limited consciousness.

He is still unable to speak, with doctors warning he may stay in his current condition – but there are signs that he can hear so nurses play Good Morning Britain for him when his wife is on.


Last month, Kate fought back tears as she reflected on celebrating Derek's 53rd birthday without him as she and their children marked the special day alone.

The couple are mum and dad to 14-year-old Darcey and 11-year-old Billy.

Emotional Kate explained at the time: "It was obviously a challenging one under the circumstances.

"We managed to FaceTime him and sing happy birthday.

"We had a cake which we ate over FaceTime. It was very challenging for the kids, but they are doing it brilliantly.

"We managed to do it with Derek's family and technically hook up and sing happy birthday. We just hope the love seeps through."

At the weekend, the TV favourite confessed that she was finding the constant sadness and heartbreak "wearing".

 

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