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Kate Garraway reveals that she has started a diary to document husband Derek Draper’s progress

Kate Garraway revealed that she has started a diary to document her husband Derek Draper’s progress as he continues to fight for his life in the hospital.

This morning, she first returned to Good Morning Britain this morning since her husband, 52, became seriously ill with the corona virus, Kate, 53, interviewed author Michael Rosen, 74, who was left with the virus after 47 days in intensive care.

The writer was admitted to Whittington Hospital in North London in the last week of March after suffering from coronavirus-like symptoms and rushed to intensive care after his health deteriorated.

He revealed how the hospital staff, who “saved his life several times,” started writing “incredible and moving” letters to him while he was in a coma for seven weeks.

Kate Garraway revealed that she has started a diary to document her husband Derek Draper's progress as he continues to fight for his life in the hospital. Pictured, Kate and Derek in 2019

Kate Garraway revealed that she has started a diary to document her husband Derek Draper’s progress as he continues to fight for his life in the hospital. Pictured, Kate and Derek in 2019

Kate, 53, interviewed author Michael Rosen, 74, (photo) who left intensive care after 47 days when she returned to Good Morning Britain today

Kate, 53, interviewed author Michael Rosen, 74, (photo) who left intensive care after 47 days when she returned to Good Morning Britain today

Kate, 53, interviewed author Michael Rosen, 74, (photo) who left intensive care after 47 days when she returned to Good Morning Britain today

He told hospital staff that 'saving his life several times' started writing letters to him as he spent seven weeks in a cheerful coma in an 'incredible and moving' journal

He told hospital staff that 'saving his life several times' started writing letters to him as he spent seven weeks in a cheerful coma in an 'incredible and moving' journal

He told hospital staff that ‘saving his life several times’ started writing letters to him as he spent seven weeks in a cheerful coma in an ‘incredible and moving’ journal

This prompted Kate to reveal that she, too, has started writing down her husband’s progress and that it is “really helpful” to help hospital staff “get to know” her husband while he is unconscious.

Michael, who has written several children’s books, including We are going on a bear hunt, said of the hospital staff: “Just huge and incredible, they saved my life several times.

“More than that, this is an incredible book. The nurses who took care of me when I was in intensive care wrote me letters when they were on duty. So there are pages and reports on how they saw me and it is so moving and it is incredible. ‘

Kate later said, “The journal is something I just started with Derek. In the early stages, the team was so focused on medical life and death. Not for a second, they were so overburdened to do such a thing. ‘

Michael, who served as the children's laureate between 2007 and 2009, began charting his battle with Covid-19 in March

Michael, who served as the children's laureate between 2007 and 2009, began charting his battle with Covid-19 in March

Michael, who served as the children’s laureate between 2007 and 2009, began charting his battle with Covid-19 in March

She said keeping a written record as a family member is “really helpful” because teams change and staff change, but they can come back and “look at things from the day before.”

She explained, “It helps them to know the patient who is in a state of unconsciousness at every level, it’s a great idea, and it’s great that you have it.”

Michael, who served as the children’s laureate between 2007 and 2009, began charting his battle with Covid-19 in March, tweeting about “freezing sweat and deep muscle exhaustion.”

He was later brought to intensive care in late March. At the time, his family warned that he was “very poor.”

But he showed signs of recovery in June when he started walking again.

About his fight, he said, “I feel good, COVID has a long tail, depending on how serious the infection was and whether you were in intensive care, which I was.

Kate Garraway's husband has been in hospital since March. The star has been told that his recovery can take years (pictured in 2019)

Kate Garraway's husband has been in hospital since March. The star has been told that his recovery can take years (pictured in 2019)

Kate Garraway’s husband has been in hospital since March. The star has been told that his recovery can take years (pictured in 2019)

“You know better than I do Kate, it’s not a disease you just leave behind and I hope so [my recovery] also gives you some hope. ‘

This morning saw Kate come back for the first time to host the show after taking time off while her husband was hospitalized with coronavirus in March and put into a coma by doctors.

After being welcomed by her colleagues, including co-host Ben Shephard, the host said, “Don’t be nice because I’m getting emotional, just be rude again.”

Ben said, “It’s nice to have you back, back to work in a long time.”

Kate replied, “We’re going to have some fun this morning, we’ve had a lot of emotion.”

Co-host Ben Shephard said at the start of the program that he had a ‘big smile’ on his face because of Kate Garraway’s return

Well-wishers postponed their support online for the ‘strong’ and ‘positive’ presenter when she returned to their screens this morning.

Later in the show, host Lorraine Kelly also spoke of her joy of having her back, saying, “Kate, I know you don’t want a big fuss, but it’s a pleasure to have you back.”

Last Wednesday, Kate returned to show-update fans about her husband’s condition, staying in intensive care in a “minimal state of consciousness” after the corona virus caused “extraordinary damage” to his body.

She said that despite her husband’s ill health, she remains hopeful that he will recover as he has already defied expectations with his incredible progress.

She added, “He’s been very sick, but it’s a new disease, there’s no data, so what they can say is,” It’s great that he’s here. Hope flickers. His lungs are starting to recover, his kidneys are doing better, his liver, but they don’t know how much better he can get. ‘

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