Kate Garraway says husband is in minimal state of consciousness

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Kate Garraway has been overwhelmed by the amount of support she's received during husband Derek Draper's health battle, both online and from friends and colleagues.

Speaking on the show today (July 9), he described the move an an important step that would good for her mental health.

"So what they can say to me is, "It's great that he's here, it's great that there are some flickers of hope".

"He was like, "What can I do to help?' He said, 'I'm on board".

"I do keep saying to him we are going to go to the Maldives".

The Smooth Radio presenter was nearly brought to tears in the interview as she spoke about her husband's ongoing health battle.

Kate explained: "His eyes are opening but we don't know what state of consciousness he has".

Speaking about Derek's current condition, Kate explained that he is able to open his eyes slightly and is in a minimal state of consciousness.

Ben said: 'It was really great to see Kate in the studio smiling, talking very honestly about the situation Derek is in.

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She added: 'It is a very desperate situation, it's very very hard, of course there'sf fantastic hope he's still alive, the doctors do keep saying it's a miracle he's still alive. "The doctors do keep saying it is a miracle he's still alive", she shared. [A doctor who has been treating him] said, "He's as sick as anyone I've ever seen in 35 years in medicine, never mind Covid".

Derek Draper has come out of his Covid-induced coma. He has since emerged from the coma, but remains in hospital in intensive care.

She said doctors had told her "you've got to get on, you've got to get on with life". "They don't know how much better he can get".

"It gives you a sense of self because its' so hard being trapped in that world for so long and it doesn't stop because Derek is still so ill".

"For Darcy and Billy, effectively right now, they have lost their dad".

"A really important step as she was talking about yesterday, openly, particularly for her and for Darcey and Billy [their children] and Derek's ongoing condition". I've been visualising sitting here with him.

We have all been following Kate Garraway and her family's harrowing journey since her husband Derek was admitted to hospital with COVID-19 in March.

'And I think the other thing that was really key from Kate's perspective yesterday was that there are families who are going through similar things up and down the country and her thoughts and concerns are with them as well'.

Everyone at Smooth is thinking of Derek, Kate, Darcey and Billy, and continue to wish for Derek's recovery.

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