Kate Garraway’s husband tests negative for Covid after 10 weeks in ICU – but may never recover

She gave an update on Good Morning Britain

Kate Garraway

by Marianna Manson |
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Good Morning Britain host Kate Garraway gave a tearful update on her husband Derek’s condition via video link to the show this morning as he enters his tenth week in intensive care.

Derek fell ill with Covid-19 more than two months ago and has been in an induced coma while he battles the virus.

But though he is now testing negative, Kate says he’s been riddled with a number of other health complications since contracting the virus and “may never recover”.

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Kate and Derek with their son Billie ©Getty

Speaking of the uncertain time and how she and their children, Billie and Darcey, are coping, Kate said, “He's still with us. He has fought the most extraordinary battle – and I hate that idea of fighting a battle because it is a battle, but the fact that he's still here and is holding on.

“He is very, very sick. It's a little bit like a computer virus I think, the doctors manage one bit extraordinarily well and there seems to be a flicker of hope and then other things emerge and they're fighting that. It's affected him from the top of his head to the tip of his toes.”

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She continued, “He is now COVID free. So he's testing negative for the COVID virus. So the fight with the virus has been won and he's still here, but it’s wreaked extraordinary damage on his body and we don't know if he can recover basically.

"The doctor says he is the worst affected person he's had to treat that's lived."

She continued, "Derek's situation is incredibly rare. The damage he's sustained and we don't know what effect that's had on him - if he can recover, the doctors have told me he's one in five people."

Kate and her children have been leading the way with Clap For Our carers movement and though it’s officially come to an end now, the family uploaded a video of themselves doing their own applause from their kitchen.

“No official #clapforcarers tonight but we just wanted have our own mini one as our heartfelt thanks go on to all fighting to keep Derek with us,” she captioned the post.

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