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Kate Garraway reflects on moments of ‘great fear’ during husband’s COVID-19 battle

Kate Garraway has reflected on her moments of ‘great fear’ amid her husband Derek Draper’s COVID-19 battle and heartbreakingly confessed: ‘It’s hard because the person I wanted to give me a hug is the person that can’t – and that’s Derek.’    

The Good Morning Britain presenter – whose husband was hospitalised with Covid-19 complications back in March 2020 – was away from her family due to filming the BBC 2 show Walking With… where she takes a hike through the Cotswold countryside.  

Of her 54-year-old husband – with whom she shares children Darcey, 15, and William, 12 – being ill, Kate, also 54, admitted: ‘I’ve had moments of great loneliness and fear.’

Heartbreaking: Kate Garraway has reflected on her moments of ‘great fear’ amid her husband Derek Draper’s COVID-19 battle and heartbreakingly confessed: ‘It’s hard because the person I wanted to give me a hug is the person that can’t – and that’s Derek’ 

In a clip seen exclusively by The Mirror, the doting mother-of-two added: ‘There’s something about coming here and reminding yourself that you can feel the countryside wrapping its arms around you and giving you love back.’

She then noted: ‘I feel very grateful for today.’

Kate has kept her fans updated on her husband’s health throughout his illness.  

While on the show, Kate, who now acts as her husband’s carer, also spoke about how this was the first time being on her own away from home in over a year, and the joy she finds in nature and solace.  

Away: Kate - whose husband was hospitalised with Covid-19 complications back in March 2020 - was away from her family due to filming the BBC 2 show (pictured with Derek in 2019)

Away: Kate – whose husband was hospitalised with Covid-19 complications back in March 2020 – was away from her family due to filming the BBC 2 show (pictured with Derek in 2019)

A drone followed Kate around the sprawling greenery as she walks on her own speaking about her challenges while also meeting with locals. 

She spoke to PA news agency: ‘I think it’s the first time I’ve been on my own since Derek was sick, really, because in between that I’m sort of flitting between working and children and going to the hospital when Derek was in hospital and being at home with him now he’s at home. 

‘To go for a walk just for its own sake, on your own, is an indulgence that I really enjoyed taking the time to do.’  

She went on: ‘I think it’s important to do that, because you need to sort of put a bit of petrol in the car, don’t you, in order to tackle all the things in life that we have to tackle.’

Kate said: 'To go for a walk just for its own sake, on your own, is an indulgence that I really enjoyed taking the time to do'

Kate said: ‘To go for a walk just for its own sake, on your own, is an indulgence that I really enjoyed taking the time to do’

Happy place: While on the show, Kate also spoke about how this was the first time being on her own away from home in over a year, and the joy she finds in nature and solace

Happy place: While on the show, Kate also spoke about how this was the first time being on her own away from home in over a year, and the joy she finds in nature and solace

Derek was hospitalised because the virus wreaked havoc throughout his entire body, resulting in kidney failure, liver and pancreatic damage. 

On more than one occasion his heart stopped beating, he battled pneumonia and fought infections which punctured holes in his lungs.  

Kate made a documentary about the journey, which went on to win a National Television Award for best Authored Documentary.  

Solace: She spoke to PA news agency : 'I think it's the first time I've been on my own since Derek was sick'

Solace: She spoke to PA news agency : ‘I think it’s the first time I’ve been on my own since Derek was sick’

Relaxed: 'To go for a walk just for its own sake, on your own, is an indulgence that I really enjoyed taking the time to do'

Relaxed: ‘To go for a walk just for its own sake, on your own, is an indulgence that I really enjoyed taking the time to do’ 

It has now been confirmed that there will be a follow-up film, which will document the family’s life since Derek’s return home. 

The exact date of the release of the second film has not yet been confirmed but will air on ITV this winter. 

Kate has also written a book describing the journey called The Power Of Hope. 

Sad: Derek was hospitalised because the virus wreaked havoc throughout his entire body, resulting in kidney failure, liver and pancreatic damage

Sad: Derek was hospitalised because the virus wreaked havoc throughout his entire body, resulting in kidney failure, liver and pancreatic damage

Tough: Kate filmed every step of Derek's year-long battle with coronavirus following his hospitalisation with the respiratory illness last year and is set to release a follow up  (pictured in the documentary)

Tough: Kate filmed every step of Derek’s year-long battle with coronavirus following his hospitalisation with the respiratory illness last year and is set to release a follow up  (pictured in the documentary)  

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