Kate Garraway will talk about husband's battle with COVID-19 in new documentary

Good Morning Britain host Kate Garraway will present a new documentary revealing how COVID-19 has impacted families, including her own.

Thursday, 29th October 2020, 12:05 pm
Kate Garraway with husband Derek Draper, who remains mostly unresponsive in hospital after a 7-month battle with coronavirus. Pic: Time Ireland/PA Wire

In the new documentary, which is expected to air on ITV early next year, Kate will speak to a range of people about how COVID-19 has affected their everyday lives.

The presenter's husband, Derek Draper, from Chorley, remains in a London hospital where he was first admitted in March after testing positive for coronavirus.

Derek, 53, who attended Southlands High School in Chorley and Runshaw College in Leyland in the 1980s, had been placed in a medically induced coma in April, after his body was ravaged by the virus.

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Kate Garraway appeared on Gardeners' World where she revealed that her garden had become a "source of solace" during her husband Derek Draper ongoing battle with COVID-19. Credit: BBC and PA

Derek was brought of the coma in July, but has reportedly not regained full consciousness and has been struggling to overcome the catastrophic effects the virus has had on his health.

After 7 months of treatment, it is believed that Derek's ongoing battle with COVID-19 and its after effects is one of the longest on record.

Kate has previously said that Derek's recovery will be a slow process as the virus has "attacked everything", and doctors have warned her that he might never fully recover.

The TV star has kept her fans up-to-date with his progress via social media and her appearances on Good Morning Britain, but is now said to be preparing to use her unique perspective on the pandemic to present a new ITV documentary.

Derek Draper, 53, who attended Southlands High School in Chorley and Runshaw College in Leyland in the 1980s, remains in hospital after his body was ravaged by COVID-19

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The Mirror has reported that a source close to Kate said: "Kate has now decided to use her viewpoint to make a documentary where she speak to lots of others who have been affected and the stories behind the headlines and the people involved.

"As well as looking at what she had gone through, the programme will also speak to survivors of the disease, people on the frontline and economic experts who will give insight about the impact of coronavirus.

"The idea is to look at the virus and its impact in a number of different ways to show how it has affected so many people around the country."

The couple have two children, Darcey, 14, and 10-year-old Billy, who have been unable to visit their father due to the infection risk.

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