Kate Garraway ran through her Smooth radio show on Friday after a "rough week" with husband Derek Draper, who remains critically ill in the hospital.
The 53-year-old presenter held coffee in her hand as she hosted her Relaxing Music Mix show and her assignments on Good Morning Britain for a week.
Kate announced at GMB that her week was particularly difficult for her 53-year-old husband as he continues to recover from the long-term effects of the coronavirus in intensive care.
WonderWoman: Kate Garraway played through her Smooth radio show on Friday after a "hard week" with husband Derek Draper, who remains seriously ill in the hospital
Kate cut a casual figure in a pink knit sweater, flared jeans and sneakers, and wore a blue safety mask as she walked out of the studios before jumping on the back of a motorcycle.
During Friday's GMB episode, Kate received a message from former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who sent his good wishes to the mother of two.
Kate thanked the politician and offered viewers an update on her husband's condition as she admitted it had been a difficult week for the family.
Greetings: Kate revealed on the show that her week was particularly difficult for her 53-year-old husband as he continues to recover from the long-term effects of the coronavirus in the intensive care unit (pictured last year).
Inspiration: The 53-year-old presenter held a coffee in her hand as she hosted her Relaxing Music Week as well as her Good Morning Britain chores for a week
Relaxed look: Kate cut a casual figure in a pink knit sweater, flared jeans and sneakers, and wore a blue safety mask
Tremendous effort: she jumped on the back of a taxi motorcycle
She turned to 45-year-old co-host Ben Shephard and said, “Tough week with Derek. It's been a tough week. & # 39;
Later on the show, Lorraine Kelly appeared on screen to discuss what was in store for her on her show and said, "I'm sorry to hear it's been a rough week Kate – but we love you to have on TV! "
Former lobbyist Derek was hospitalized on March 29 after serious complications from Covid-19 and has since been in the intensive care unit in a state of minimal consciousness that no one knows will ever recover from.
Touch: During Friday's GMB episode, Kate received a message from former Prime Minister Gordon Brown sending his good wishes to the mother of two
Kate spoke about the family ordeal earlier this month in YOU magazine on Sunday. Kate announced that doctors had warned her that Derek would not survive and expressed her shock when he saw the look of his "worn and thin" body struggling to fight the virus.
Derek, who she revealed lost eight stones during the battle, is one of an estimated only five people in the world whose bodies have been so badly damaged by Covid.
Kate recalled, "The doctors said," He won't make it. "
He could not breathe and was placed in a medical coma to give his lungs a rest. Before going down, he called Kate and said, "I love you, you saved my life."
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 is 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.
For several weeks, the family's only contact with Derek was through hospital staff. When Kate saw her husband for the first time, she found him unrecognizable.
Kate recalled, “When I finally got to FaceTime, it was a huge shock to see him passed out.
“He lost almost eight stones, a lot of which were muscles in his body. It looked worn, thin and pale, with dark circles under the eyes, and there were many tubes. & # 39;
Kate contracted coronavirus at the same time as Derek, but made a full recovery.
Kate contracted coronavirus at the same time as Derek, but made a full recovery.
Last month, the host discussed donating her blood plasma to Derek to help him in his fight.
The TV host said she was "desperately trying to find what she could do to help her husband," who is still very ill in the hospital.
Her GMB co-host Adil Ray, 46, said, "On the show last week you would have seen Kate talk about the potential importance of blood plasma transfusions in the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
“On that day, the number of donors rose by 300 percent.
Kate said: It's a beautiful thing. The process, which is similar to donating blood, takes only 45 minutes and can be used to treat patients who do not make enough antibodies of their own to fight COVID-19.
“The reason it came up to me talking about it was because when Derek first got sick, I was desperately researching what I could do to help.
"I saw him being consumed by the virus despite all the great efforts of the people who wanted to help him at the NHS."
She continued, "I was told at the time because it was one of the ideas I had. What about donating blood? There are antibodies in my blood because I had them. Will that help?" They said no because the attempts for it hadn't actually started.
"I started talking about it last week because I found out it is being used now, which is fantastic."
Adil said, "Kate, I'll say that, you are so inspiring at a time like this."
Kate replied, "I don't know about it, I actually feel very emotional, not just the idea that people come forward, but that it could save lives.
Kate announced that she refuses to talk about Derek "every week" on the show as she doesn't want to upset viewers, but Adil assured her that she was "inspirational".
Kate said Derek is "still with us" but it's still a "waiting game".
In July, Derek emerged from his deep coma and showed some signs of consciousness, occasionally opening his eyes.
Just a few weeks ago, Kate was finally able to visit Derek in the hospital. Coronavirus precautions mean the kids and Derek's parents haven't been able to.
She admitted, "I see him pretty rarely, not as often as I would like."
Kate talked about the moment the doctors told her Derek might never recover and confessed that she vomited in shock.
She said, “We hope and believe that it will come out of it, but we just don't know.
"The family's heart has been ripped out and we don't know if we will ever get it back."
Strong: She turned to Ben Shephard (45) and said: “Hard week with Derek. It's been a tough week. & # 39;
Heartbreaking: Kate revealed that doctors had warned her Derek would not survive and expressed her shock to see the way he looked as his body struggled to fight the virus
She gave an update on his condition and continued, “At first it was just about Derek's lungs.
But then his kidneys failed and he was on dialysis. Now they have recognized that Covid can affect every cell in the body: Derek recently had problems with his intestines.
“Food ingestion and vomiting are problems, and they're trying to find out if it's because his cells aren't making the enzymes that are supposed to be digested.
"His liver, heart and blood vessels are affected."
Last month, Kate announced that she was paying her first "extra emotional" visit to Derek as he continues to slowly recover from COVID-19.
Loving Mother: Kate and Derek married in 2005 and share 14-year-old daughter Darcey and 11-year-old son Billy (pictured in December).
Good Morning Britain host also told Ben Shephard that it was "nice" to see her partner since it was his 53rd birthday (July 28), but she continues to be "frustrated" with his slow progress.
Kate said to Ben, “I went to see Derek, he's had a rough couple of weeks and it's just frustrating.
“Today would have actually been his birthday, so I was particularly emotional thinking about the day he was born.
She added, "The doctor said to me, 'Sometimes, Kate, a day when nothing has gone backwards is positive. "
When Ben agreed that Derek would & # 39; have a stable day & # 39; Kate added: 'I'm just desperate to step forward. It's always good to see him and it's wonderful to have the chance to see him. & # 39;
Kate and Derek married in 2005 and share 14-year-old daughter Darcey and 11-year-old son Billy.
Earlier this year, Kate took a break from work to look after her children and be there for Derek.
The journalist welcomed Good Morning Britain in July after being away for 14 weeks and announced that she will be returning to her Smooth radio show so Derek can "hear my voice and many of the songs we both love".
The broadcaster also confirmed that she would return to Global Studios in London from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day to record her show after her friend Myleene Klass stood up for her.
When she announced her return to the radio waves, Kate acknowledged the frightening circumstances she is currently facing, but hopes the work will be a welcome distraction for both herself and her husband.
She told The Sun, “I am very excited to be returning to my morning show on Smooth and my global family who have been very supportive.
“Things are still very challenging and far from normal, but I would like to believe that this is another opportunity for Derek to hear my voice as well as many of the songs we both love.
"My heartfelt thanks go to Myleene Klass for looking after the show brilliantly for me, and to all of my regular listeners for their messages of support."
Throughout it all, Kate kept the fort at home and tried to come up with a hacking front for the kids.
Heartbreaking: When Kate talked about the moment the doctors told her Derek might never recover, she confessed that she vomited in shock (pictured 2008).
DISCOVERED: HOW THE CRUEL LEGACY OF COVID CAN STAY LIFE
Covid-19 could leave survivors with debilitating diseases that last for years, doctors have warned since the outbreak got out of hand.
One medical leader called it "polio of this generation" – a disease that killed thousands and left a generation with lifelong mobility problems.
Patients battling the disease for weeks can experience long-term complications caused by permanent damage to their lungs and liver. However, serious problems can also affect people who have only a minor illness.
Scar and long-term lung damage
Several recent studies have shown evidence that Covid-19 causes fibrosis – scarring in the lung tissue – that makes organs difficult to work.
A research report published in a Chinese magazine in March stated, "Pulmonary fibrosis can be one of the biggest (long-term) complications in Covid-19 patients."
A build-up of scar tissue in the lungs can reduce the ability to absorb air, leaving a patient with difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, or coughing.
Insufficient oxygen also affects the other vital organs, the function of which is based on the chemical. Without them, they cannot work as efficiently and can fail or work less efficiently.
Kidney failure can cause a patient to need long-term medication or dialysis, while a severely damaged liver may require a transplant for treatment.
IMMUNE SYSTEM OVER-REACTION CAN DAMAGE THE HEART, LIVER AND KIDNEYS
There is also evidence that the virus can affect the liver, kidneys, heart and blood vessels as it can force the immune system to attack healthy parts of the body.
In addition to the potential for instant death from kidney failure, heart attack, or stroke, any damage to these vital organs can lead to lifelong disability and dramatically increase the risk of dying young.
A March article in JAMA Cardiology magazine reported that one-fifth of the patients in a group of 416 patients hospitalized in Wuhan, China had suffered heart damage.
Another study in Wuhan found that 16 out of 36 ICU patients developed an irregular heartbeat, known as arrhythmia, which can weaken the heart's ability to pump blood.
Coronavirus can also cause blood clots, according to scientists, which increases the risk of stroke or heart attack.
It is believed that the heart problems are due to the virus, which causes a “cytokine storm” in which the immune system overreacts to the infection.
GROWING EVIDENCE OF BRAIN DAMAGE AND NEUROLOGICAL EFFECTS
Long-term brain damage can also be a result of the Covid-19 infection.
Doctors around the world say they are seeing growing numbers of people with neurological symptoms like headaches, loss of smell and taste, tingling sensations, loss of speech, and even seizures and strokes, the BBC reported.
Dr. Elissa Fory of the Henry Ford Foundation in Detroit said, “We don't yet know if the encephalopathy (brain damage) in Covid-19 is more severe than other viruses, but I can tell you we've seen quite a lot of it. & # 39;
Symptoms affecting the brain are harder to measure and track – it took UK officials months to admit that a lost sense of smell was a symptom of coronavirus – but they can be permanent.
HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS AND TREATMENT CAN DEBILITATE
In addition to the damage caused by the virus itself, patients who are seriously ill with Covid-19 – especially patients in the intensive care unit – suffer from long-term health problems if they are only in the hospital.
Physiotherapists warn patients that the muscles in the hospital bed deteriorate quickly, which can lead to mobility problems – especially if they are older, as is the case with many coronavirus patients.
People's lungs can also be irreparably damaged by ventilators, the intensive care machines that help people breathe when they can't do it on their own.
The machines blow air into the lungs through a tube that goes directly into the throat and airway. The pressure of air forced into the lungs can tear, split, and permanently damage the delicate tissues in the lungs. This is a compromise: the machines are usually the last resort for people who cannot breathe on their own and would die without the ventilator.
People who become seriously ill are also at risk of developing depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to their ordeal after the initial infection ends.
Even a mild illness can drag on for months
There is growing evidence that even mild Covid-19 can have long-lasting effects, and the UK government launched a study on the after-effects of the disease last weekend.
Experts from the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE) warned that Covid-19 patients "could suffer from extreme fatigue and shortness of breath for several months" even if they were not hospitalized.
A SAGE meeting on May 7th raised concerns about the long-term effects of the disease.
Sir Simon Stevens, executive director of the NHS, announced that some patients are in need of psychological treatment for “post-intensive care syndrome”.
And another government scientific adviser told The Telegraph that "a very high proportion" of Covid-19 survivors "cannot return to normal life".
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