Derek, also 53, was admitted to hospital in late March 2020 after contracting the virus and has spent the last year recovering in intensive care.
Personal struggle: Kate Garraway has admitted she has been through the ‘darkest times’ while her husband Derek Draper has been in hospital recovering from coronavirus
The former lobbyist currently remains in a critical condition and is considered to be the longest surviving Covid-19 patient in the country.
She added: ‘I’ve learnt about the kindness of strangers. It has been the toughest of times for me and my family, as it has for so many others and the good wishes and sympathy from viewers and listeners has really helped.
‘To know so many people are thinking of me and sending love has given me hope and strength and I’m very grateful.’
Heartbreaking: The Good Morning Britain presenter, 53, said while her family have been through the ‘toughest of times’, her ordeal has been helped by the kindness of others
Kate spoke to boxer Frank Bruno on the show on Friday and when the sportsman said: ‘If you see your husband today, give him my regards’, Kate delivered the heartbreaking news of their distance.
She said: ‘I will do, unfortunately I’m not allowed to. Haven’t for two months. But I will try to pass that message on. That’s very kind.’
In September, Derek, passed the grim milestone of becoming the longest patient battling
After she alerted Frank to the news, he responded: ‘Sorry. Please do [pass on] from my heart. No problem’, in an emotional display of support.
Kate has been candid about Derek’s battle and the strife she has faced during his prolonged stint in hospital, during which he has slipped in and out of a coma.
The doting mother-of-two has been at her partner’s side constantly since he was first hospitalised with the potentially deadly virus in March 2020.
Earlier in the week, she said to her co-host Ben Shephard: ‘Well, I haven’t been able to see him, Ben. I haven’t seen him since Christmas, which of course means he’s back into a situation where he’s looking at strangers in masks…
Appearance: Her reveal comes after boxing legend Frank Bruno sent his regards to Derek
‘And I think that’s the situation for everybody, they’ve got somebody in the hospital at the moment, it’s not unique. It’s tough…
‘It’s also the same for people in care homes. And when you’re someone like him who is dealing with a consciousness problem and trying to emerge, I can’t help but fear it’s not helpful.’
Kate recently explained that she decided to take some time off from GMB after ‘not feeling well’ following a ‘long year’. She said: ‘I’ve taken some time off; very kindly ITV have given me some time off, I hadn’t been feeling very well.
‘I think it might have been one of those things where chickens had come home to roost after a long year that we’ve all had, haven’t we?
Sad: Reflecting on her last hospital visit with their two children Darcey, 14 and William, 11, (pictured in February 2019), Kate admitted the family reunion was ‘heightened with emotion’
Heartache: Kate recently explained that she decided to take some time off from GMB after ‘not feeling well’ following a ‘long year’. She said: ‘I’ve taken some time off; very kindly ITV have given me some time off, I hadn’t been feeling very well’
‘I took some holiday leave, at home because I know holidays are controversial, literally within the four walls of my home. I had a lot of sleep and a bit of medicine and feeling much better.’
Kate admitted she is finding her current situation ‘really tough’ because it feels like there is ‘no end in sight’.
She explained: ‘It’s tough, it’s also the same for people in care homes. When you’re someone like him who is dealing with unconsciousness problems and trying to emerge, I can’t help but fear that it’s not helpful.
‘There is no end in sight to that and that’s really tough.’
Pained: Earlier in the week, she said to her co-host Ben Shephard: ‘Well, I haven’t been able to see him, Ben. I haven’t seen him since Christmas, which of course means he’s back into a situation where he’s looking at strangers in masks’
Reflecting on her last hospital visit with their two children Darcey, 14 and William, 11 in December, she admitted the family reunion was ‘heightened with emotion’ because they saw how Derek had been ravaged by the virus.
‘It was very heightened with emotion, because he’s very changed,’ she told viewers.
‘So all the routines that we’d normally do, it was one of those moments that it was so wonderful but also it amplified how sad everything was.
‘And how different it is. But it was still fantastic, and we’re very grateful to have had that opportunity.’
While Derek no longer has coronavirus, the disease has left him suffering from multiple health conditions including diabetes and holes in his heart and lungs.
During one of her darkest moments Kate was told her husband may ‘never come out of a coma’ amid his ongoing battle.
Derek has regained minimal consciousness from his medically induced coma and while he has not been speaking, he heartbreakingly mouthed the word ‘pain’ in October last year.
Kate noted that returning to work on GMB and hosting Smooth Radio has provided a welcome distraction amid her personal crisis.
A timeline of Derek’s coronavirus battle
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.
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.’
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’
On June 5, Kate revealed Derek is now free from coronavirus but continues to fight against the damage inflicted on his body
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.
On August 14, Kate reassured GMB viewers that Derek was ‘still with us,’ but it was ‘a waiting game.’
On August 19, Kate revealed she celebrated Derek’s birthday with their two children, and described the day as ‘challenging’ for her family.
At the end of September, Derek reportedly becomes the longest surviving patient with coronavirus after spending 184 days in and out of intensive care.
Kate reveals Derek has lost eight stone during his battle.
The presenter announces she is returning to her Smooth Radio show so Derek can hear her voice.
On October 30 Kate reveals that Derek has spoken for the first time in seven months, saying the word ‘pain’ to his wife, who watched on ‘in tears’ over FaceTime.
Kate says a day later that her husband no longer needs a ventilator to breathe.
Kate reveals her family car has been stolen in latest ‘body blow’ to her family life, as kind-hearted fans offer their cars to help.
She says she feels ‘physically sick’ at the prospect of facing her first Christmas without Derek.
The GMB star tells viewers it is her dream to visit Derek on Christmas Day.
She also reveals she missed two weeks on GMB after her children were exposed to the virus, but thankfully she and the kids tested negative.
On December 17, Kate has an emotional conversation live on GMB with two nurses who treated Derek when he was first admitted to Whittington Hospital in North London.
On New Year’s Eve she reflects on a ‘calamitous’ Christmas without Derek, as her house was flooded and she struggled to get a food delivery slot until her pal Emma Willis stepped in to help.
Kate reveals she and her children got to visit Derek in hospital over the Christmas period, and it was the first time her family had seen him since he was hospitalised.
She also says she’s banned from seeing him due to new restrictions introduced during the government’s third lockdown.
Kate reveals she is unsure how much Derek will ‘ever be able to recover’ following warning from doctors that he may never wake from his coma