Kate Garraway has announced that after a 10 month recovery from COVID-19, her two children can finally visit their father Derek in the hospital.
The presenter, 53, admitted the family reunion was "heightened with emotion" when her daughter Darcey, 14, and son Billy, 11, saw Derek become "greatly changed" by battling the virus after they had had a "hard" Christmas without him.
Kate also announced that she is now banned from visiting her husband due to the new government lockdown, and she hopes this will not continue as her absence could be "very effective" in Derek's slow recovery.
Kate talked about Good Morning Britain on Thursday and considered her first Christmas without Derek. She said to Ben Shephard, “It was tough. I knew it was going to be difficult. & # 39; There was a nice moment we had.
Finally: Kate Garraway has announced that her two children will finally be able to visit her father Derek in the hospital after 10 months of recovery from COVID-19
“We saw Derek and the kids, that was the first time they could. That was great. & # 39;
Kate admitted that seeing Derek for the first time in nearly 10 months was a shock to her two children as he looked very different from when he was first taken.
She continued, “It was very emotional because he has changed a lot.
“With all the routines we would normally do, it was one of those moments that it was so wonderful, but it also reinforced how sad it all was. And how different it is.
"But it was still fantastic and we are very grateful to have had this opportunity."
Difficult: The host admitted that the reunion was "intensified by emotions" when her daughter Darcey, 14, and son Billy, 11 saw how Derek was "greatly changed" by battling the virus
Family: Kate admitted her two children were shocked to see Derek for the first time in almost 10 months (pictured with Derek and hers in December 2019).
Kate announced she can't see Derek now because new restrictions were put in place during the third lockdown prohibiting visitors to the COVID-19 ward he is recovering from.
She said to Ben, “And then I'm immediately in a position where even I can't visit her.
"We're in lockdown, so no visits at all that I hope don't last for the entire lockdown because I think this will have a big impact on Derek's condition."
Derek remains in critical condition but has improved marginally since he was first hospitalized in March. In October, he managed to pronounce the word "pain," which was the first time he had spoken after his medical coma.
Tough: Kate announced that she will no longer be able to see Derek due to new restrictions introduced during the third lockdown
Concerned: She said, "We are in lockdown, so no visits at all, which hopefully won't last for the entire lockdown because I think this will have a huge impact on Derek's condition."
While Derek continues to recover from home, Kate said she tried to be "both mom and dad" to her two children Darcey (14) and Billy (11).
The family hadn't been able to visit Derek in the hospital due to coronavirus restrictions, but the mother of two previously said the nurses kindly allowed her to provide FaceTime to him.
On New Year's Eve, Kate admitted that without her husband she had a "disastrous" Christmas that flooded her house and couldn't get a supermarket delivery point.
Kate wished her followers a Happy New Year, writing, "The last day of a year when few will be sorry to see the reverse."
Scary: Kate returned to Good Morning Britain after her festive hiatus after admitting she had a "disastrous" Christmas party on New Years Eve
Not very festive: The mother of two wrote next to a photo of her Christmas tree in an Instagram post about spending the festive season without Derek
Explaining her absence on social media, she continued, "I was silent for a while – getting through Christmas was a challenge, not with all the emotions it evokes in our strange world and nowhere to really put it – except in hope. & # 39;
“And there is still so much real hope out there. Not just with the exceptional healthcare workers and researchers who definitely have a bright light on the future. But in all the little friendliness. & # 39;
"We had a disastrous couple of days before Christmas – but we made it thanks to some wonderful people," she said.
Kate continued to thank those who helped her and their two children Darcey, 14 and Billy, 11.
"The guys at @bondconstruction who literally got on my hands and knees with me trying to get water out after we had two pipe leaks that flooded our house," she wrote.
Hopeful: Kate had previously voiced her hopes of forming a bubble with Derek and family over Christmas, but Tier 4 restrictions may have limited the option
Kate also thanked TV presenter and friend Emma Willis and Marks and Spencer & # 39; for making sure we had #gorgeousfood for our Christmas dinner when I couldn't get a delivery place anywhere, and the guys from @britishgas who phoned for hours and me helped get a fridge and freezer to put the food in. & # 39;
After Kate previously announced that her WiFi was broken in the run up to Christmas, she wrote that Sky had finally helped her fix the problem.
& # 39; The guys at @skyhelp who persuaded me to get our wifi and tv working on Christmas Eve. Your kindness and spirit are overwhelming. And everyone @itv & @global for their constant support.
"Send love and virtual hugs to everyone who has sent the messages – spreading love will bring us all a truly Happy New Year," the star concluded her reflective post.
Kate had previously voiced her hopes of forming a bubble with Derek and the family over Christmas, but the new Tier 4 precautions in London may have delayed close contact with her husband yet again.
Slow: Derek remains in critical condition but has improved marginally since he was first hospitalized in March
The star also admitted she was feeling "physically ill" about wanting to have her first Christmas without Derek since their eldest daughter Darcey was born.
"I actually feel physically ill and can feel my chest tighten at the thought of it," said Kate.
“I'm totally panic about the idea that me, Darcey and Billy are alone this Christmas and can't visit Derek due to possible restrictions.
“This huge emotional hole, and I don't know how to fill it, with no grandparents and no friends to help fill it.
& # 39; It feels like such a significant moment as all festivals are. I am in a panic, but we are in this situation because a disease is spreading that cannot be cured at the moment. & # 39;
A timeline from Derek's coronavirus battle
Kate revealed her and Prince Charles got "relatively close" at the Prince & # 39; s Trust Awards on March 11th – Charles was diagnosed with coronavirus in mid-March.
She said, "Around March 29th / 30th, I came home and said (to Derek)," God, you look sick. "
& # 39; He said he had a headache, numbness in his right hand and had trouble breathing,
“I have Dr. Hilary (Jones) called and tried to get through, he spoke to Derek. He said get me dressed again, I think you need to call an ambulance. & # 39;
Derek, 52, was hospitalized on March 30th and remained in an unresponsive state.
Kate and her children were isolated at home after showing "mild symptoms".
Kate said: & # 39; Derek is staying in intensive care and is still very sick. I fear it remains an excruciatingly worrying time.
"I'm afraid he's still in deeply critical condition, but he's still here, which means there is hope."
Kate said, “The journey for me and my family doesn't seem to be over yet as my heart sinks every day as I learn new and devastating ways this virus has more fights for Derek.
"But he's still HERE and there is still hope."
That month, Kate and her family attended the final clap for caregivers
She said: "I will never give up because Derek is the love of my life, but at the same time I am completely insecure."
On June 5, Kate announced that Derek is now coronavirus free but continues to fight the damage done to his body
On July 5, Kate announced that Derek had awakened from his coma but was still in a serious but critical condition.
On July 8, she announced that she would be returning to GMB after doctors told her to "get on with life" during Derek's recovery.
She added that when Derek woke up from the coma, he "opened his eyes" but was told that his recovery could take years.
On July 13, Kate returned to GMB for the first time since Derek was hospitalized.
On July 28, Kate announced that she had paid Derek a "particularly emotional" visit for the first time and admitted that she was "frustrated" by his slow progress.
On August 14th, Kate assured GMB viewers that Derek was "still with us" but that it was "a waiting game".
On August 19, Kate announced that she was celebrating Derek's birthday with her two children and described the day as a "challenge" for her family.
In late September, Derek is said to be the longest surviving coronavirus patient after spending 184 days in intensive care.
Kate reveals that Derek lost eight stones during his fight.
The host announces that she is returning to her Smooth radio show so Derek can hear her voice.
On October 30, Kate reveals that Derek spoke for the first time in seven months and said the word "pain" to his wife, who was watching "in tears" on FaceTime.
Kate says a day later that her husband no longer needs a ventilator to breathe.
Kate reveals that her family car was stolen in the last "body blow" of her family life when kind-hearted fans offered their cars to help.
She says she feels "physically ill" at the prospect of having her first Christmas without Derek.
The GMB star tells viewers that her dream is to visit Derek on Christmas Day.
She also reveals that she missed two weeks at GMB after exposing her kids to the virus, but luckily, she and the kids tested negative.
On December 17th, Kate had an emotional conversation with two nurses who were treating Derek when he was first admitted to Whittington Hospital in north London.
On New Year's Eve, she contemplates a "disastrous" Christmas without Derek when her house flooded and tried to get a food delivery place until her friend Emma Willis came in to help.
Kate reveals that she and her children were allowed to visit Derek in the hospital over Christmas time, and it was the first time her family had seen him since he was hospitalized.
She also says that she is banned from going home due to new restrictions put in place during the government's third lockdown.
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