Kate Garraway has fought back tears as she opened up about her husband Derek’s battle with Covid-19.
The 53-year-old sadly remains seriously ill in hospital after contracting the deadly virus last March.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain, Kate shared the effects the virus has had on her family, as well as other family’s who have lost loved ones to Covid.
“It’s been a strange time, I’ve been a bit low since Christmas – physically low, I felt physically at the end of my tether and had to regroup a bit,” she admitted.
“This week, a friend of mine’s mother-in-law, who is 51 – younger than me – died from Covid,” the presenter revealed.
With tears in her eyes, Kate explained: “She got it at Christmas and then – it’s making me feel emotional – she just went down very quickly and died. And I just thought I cannot believe that here we are so far on.
“Derek’s still ravaged from the effects of Covid from way back in March, his recovery is incredibly uncertain.
“I’m trying to look for new things and new ways and talking to doctors about what we can do for him meanwhile people are still dying in extraordinary numbers – people that aren’t older and haven’t got underlying conditions, it’s unbearable.”
‘It is just unbearable.’ @kategarraway is writing a book on the horrendous year she’s faced.
She says with Derek still ravaged by Covid, the terribly sad impact of coronavirus on people across the country has inspired her to tell the story.
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Kate revealed to co-hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid that they inspired her to write her upcoming book on Derek’s battle, which is set for release in April.
She said: “People like you Piers and you Susanna say: ‘You’re just an inspiration to keep going’, and I don’t know that I am.
“But if I could tell my story and some of the people that have helped me then maybe that will be helpful for people.”
Susanna Reid responded: “What I think is so inspiring about you Kate is that we know the hell that you are going through, but you still turn up all of the time, you’re always just you.”
“You’ve still got a smile, it’s a joy to interact with you and a lot of people think: ‘How can she maintain that?’ And that’s one of the things I’d like to know from you – when you’re in your lowest, darkest place how can you still look to the light?” Susanna asked.
Kate revealed writing the book has helped her to cope, adding: “The book is not a completely written I must admit. I am about a third a way through it.
“It works to inspire you with confidence, what was so powerful about taking that message on board is you don’t waste energy on the unfairness of the world, you pour it into trying to solve it.
“I then started saying, when they told me that Derek’s chances of survival were next to nothing and will probably die… But some people were surviving it, and I thought: ‘Well, why not? Why can’t Derek survive?’ and ‘Why can’t Derek now be the one who bucks his damage and recovers?’”Kate with husband Derek and their two kids | INSTAGRAM
“You can start to flip it to shift away the unfairness and try and take it as a positive, and think why not me be the one who comes through this?
“I think it just takes away that grinding horror of unfairness in all situations,” she said.
Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, Kate shared the cover to her book ‘The Power Of Hope’, about her husband’s “long fight” with Covid-19.
Kate captioned the post: “Hello everyone – I’ve not been on here for a while as I’ve been taking time to gather myself and focus like everyone else on getting through this latest lockdown.
“The pandemic is far from over and so is Derek’s journey but I have decided to share our story and what’s helping to keep me going, as we all try to work out what our new futures will look like.
“I am really hoping that it will help you with all that you are going through.”