Kate Garraway cut a stylish figure in a bold green gingham dress as she arrived for work at Smooth Radio after being ‘overwhelmed’ by the reaction to her ITV documentary on Thursday.
The presenter, 53, sported the colourful dress with red suede boots as she headed to Global Radio studios in London.
Earlier in the day Kate returned to Good Morning Britain to reveal she’d been ‘absolutely overwhelmed’ by the reaction to her programme, which documented her husband’s 12 months in intensive care battling coronavirus.
Staying strong: Kate Garraway cut a stylish figure in a green gingham dress as she arrived at Smooth Radio after being ‘overwhelmed’ by the reaction to her ITV documentary on Thursday
Kate looked effortlessly chic in the bright green dress with a pink gingham print as she pulled her suitcase into the radio studio.
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She finished her ensemble with a white waterfall coat and red suede boots as she headed into the radio studio.
Despite a challenging year handling her husband’s battle with coronavirus, Kate remained in high spirits as she strolled into the radio studio.
Chic: The presenter sported the colourful dress with red suede boots as she headed to Global Radio studios in London
Hopes: It comes after Kate said she ha been ‘absolutely overwhelmed’ by the reaction to her documentary, but the ‘battle’ for husband Derek goes on as he faces a ‘challenging fortnight’
It comes after Kate stated she has been ‘absolutely overwhelmed’ by the positive reaction to her documentary, and admitted the ‘battle’ for her husband Derek Draper goes on as he faces a ‘challenging fortnight.’
Kate returned to GMB on Thursday after the emotional Kate Garraway: Finding Derek documentary aired on Tuesday night and said: ‘It’s been absolutely overwhelming in a really wonderful way.’
She said: ‘We spoke on Tuesday morning about how it was quite a difficult decision to think about filming it, but you hoped it would bring some comfort to some people or perhaps shine a light on a situation that… or for a group of people who might be suffering away in a way that hasn’t been focused on.
‘I’ve had so many comments from people. The reaction has been extraordinary. I’ve had so many messages from people talking not just about COVID, but about experiences in their own life, where some of the things we touched on have impacted.
‘Some people want to get in touch with me directly because it’s quiet personal. I do have an email address actually if people want to get in touch directly, because I do understand they don’t want to put things on social media.
‘It’s part of Club Garraway which I began at the start of the year. I have neglected it somewhat with everything that’s been going on.
Tough to watch: The programme documented her husband’s 12 months in intensive care battling coronavirus and the after-effects
Support: Kate was praised by her co-host Susanna Reid as a ‘miracle worker’
‘I’ve been slightly distracted, but I am going to get it going again and you can email me on [email protected] if you want to talk directly.
‘There’s lots of things I’d like to follow up on, because there are some really difficult challenges we’re all facing.’
Kate admitted Derek faces a ‘challenging week this week and next’ and he will keep fighting but didn’t give further details.
Kate added: ‘The battle for Derek goes on. He’s got a challenging week this week and next. And that’s how we’re all feeling, we are feeling like the battle goes on’
Listening: Kate and Susanna were also joined by Adil Ray and Dr Hilary Jones on the show on Thursday
She added: ‘Thank you so much for the reaction. The battle for Derek goes on. He’s got a challenging week this week and next. And that’s how we’re all feeling, we are feeling like the battle goes on.
Kate was praised by her co-host Susanna Reid as a ‘miracle worker’.
She said: ‘This is one of the things that is so remarkable and impressive about you, Kate. You keep smiling. You’re a miracle worker. She’s an inspiration.’
On Tuesday night, viewers of the Kate’s documentary praised the ‘brave and inspirational star’ after she shared a candid insight into her husband Derek Draper’s recovery from Covid.
Reaction: Viewers of Kate’s documentary Finding Derek have praised the ‘brave and inspirational star’ when it aired on Tuesday night on ITV
The presenter filmed every step of Derek’s year-long battle with COVID-19 following his hospitalisation with the respiratory illness in March 2020 with the fly-on-the-wall programme .
After watching the emotional hour-long documentary, many viewers and friends of the star took to social media to share their admiration for Kate and send their well wishes to Derek, also 53.
Viewers were left in ‘sad and happy’ tears over the harrowing documentary, as they took to Twitter to share their reaction to the ITV show.
Documentary: Kate filmed every step of Derek’s year long battle with COVID-19 following his hospitalisation with the respiratory illness in March 2020
Meanwhile, Myleene Klass led the celebrity friends of Kate praising her on Tuesday night after her ‘heartbreaking’ documentary.
During the documentary, Kate admitted she might have to ‘fall in love again’ with Derek while she later comforted her sobbing husband who said he wanted to ‘die’.
Kate planned for an uncertain future with Derek, as she admitted: ‘There’s been times where I’ve thought: “Am I actually grieving for the person I’m married to or am I fighting to hold onto that person?”‘
While later, in a heartbreaking video call with her husband in November, Derek broke down in tears and said he wanted to ‘die’ to which Kate insisted: ‘I promised you I will save you and I’m going to save you.’
Emotional: During the documentary, Kate admitted she might have to ‘fall in love again’ with Derek while she later comforted her sobbing husband who said he wanted to ‘die’
In heartbreaking footage filmed from November 2020, Kate was asked whether she would be okay if her husband is ‘not her Derek’ anymore once he is out of hospital.
To which the presenter admitted: ‘Well, he is still Derek, he is still him… he is still that person that you love, but he will behave differently and will be physically different.
‘Will I be okay? I wont be delighted because I wouldn’t wish that on him, very tough on us both, but he is for better or worse…’
Reflecting on their future, Kate continued: ‘It might be a rather beautiful thing, trying to look at it as a rather beautiful thing. I feel as though we might have to fall in love again – find out who each other are now a little bit.’
Reflective: During the emotional hour-long documentary, Kate planned for an uncertain future with Derek (pictured during their wedding day in Camden, London, in 2005)
Kate then met with a clinical psychologist who works in intensive care units as they discussed what the future could look like for Derek and what he might go through as he adapts to life back home.
The medical professional noted that from a ‘psychological perspective’, a quarter of patients have trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), low moods and anxiety, as well as memory, attention and concentration difficulties.
Kate admitted that she was trying to ‘piece together’ the life they had before but it was ‘quite complicated’ to which the psychologist noted there is no ‘straight answer’ during recovery.
Heartbreaking: The documentary, filmed at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, focused on Derek’s plight after falling gravely ill with the virus and Kate’s battle to care for him
Future: In heartbreaking footage filmed from November 2020, Kate was asked whether she would be okay if her husband is ‘not her Derek’ anymore once he is out of hospital, to which she said: ‘It might be a rather beautiful thing, trying to look at it as a rather beautiful thing. I feel as though we might have to fall in love again’
Later during the documentary, a heartbreaking moment filmed in November saw Kate speak to husband Derek over FaceTime where he broke down in tears and said he wants his life to end.
Prior to this, Kate had shown footage of Derek following his return to consciousness in July, four months after his admission to intensive care, where he had mouthed the word ‘pain – his first verbal communication since being stricken with coronavirus.
In a different emotional part during the documentary, Kate also showed a video of Derek crying as he ‘responded’ to his wife to which she said of the milestone: ‘We’ve got him back!’
Worrying: Later, in a heartbreaking moment filmed in November during the documentary, Kate spoke to husband Derek over FaceTime where he broke down in tears and said he wanted to ‘die’, to which she insisted: ‘I promised you I will save you and I’m going to save you.’
During the fly-on-the-wall documentary, Kate and Derek’s children Darcey, 15, and Billy, 11, also spoke about their father’s recovery as it showed emotional footage of them FaceTiming their dad in hospital.
In footage filmed over the summer, Darcey admitted that she has not ‘thought the worse’ during her father’s recovery while Billy noted that they don’t know whether their dad will ‘get better or not’.
Darcey said: ‘I’ ve not really thought the worse, I've always said he’s going to get better, he's going to get back – all of this stuff.
‘They say that we’ve heard rumours he will get back, hopefully, before the end of next year but we really don’t know at all.’
Billy then showed off his Lego collection from his birthday, he said: ‘Dad usually does Lego with me the most but since dad is not here… I’ve started to do it myself.’
Children: During the documentary, Kate and Derek’s children Darcey, 15, pictured, and Billy, 11, also spoke about their father’s recovery
Billy joked that Derek is a ‘big kid’, he emotionally added: ‘I really want him back but we don’t know if he’s going to get better or not. So…’
Darcey was then asked whether they expected their father to return home for Christmas. Later during the documentary, the family were able to visit Derek over the festive period, it was the first time they had all seen him since he was hospitalised.
The teenager said: ‘I hope so… it’s hard, he might still be hooked up to things he needs to help him survive.’
Darcey was asked by the interviewer whether it was ‘scary’ seeing her father in hospital, to which she said: ‘I mean it’s not really scary, it looks scary. It’s just scary in the way of thinking we might lose him.’
While Kate added: ‘Derek is probably the cleverest person I’ve ever met with a kind of incredible ability of precise thinking, analysis, humour and everything.
‘You just think… is that gone? Is he going to be able to come back or will he be alive but no longer the person he was?’
‘I really want him back’: Darcey said she hasn’t ‘thought the worst’ during her father’s recovery while Billy (above) noted that they don’t know whether their dad will ‘get better or not’
Later in the documentary, in scenes filmed in February, Kate reflected on their Christmas time together, she said: ‘ We were very lucky that Darcey and Billy and I got to spend time with Derek.
‘Really good, we played Frustration [game] and he remembered the rules. He remembered the rules of Frustration, you played it with him [Billy]. Quite unbelievable, Bill didn't let him win!
‘It was really lovely, lots of things we used to do with him that can still be done, but it's also a reminder of how far there is to go.’
Elsewhere during the documentary, it showed footage filmed in August 2020 when Kate first returned back to work at Good Morning Britain amid Derek’s battle.
Kate was reunited with her co-host Ben Shephard as he praised her for her ‘positivity’ but admitted he was scared that she could ‘crash’ at some point in the future.
Ben, 46, said: ‘Our relationship goes back 20 years when we first started working together at GMTV and we have been through everything together.’
He continued: ‘ Kate is brilliant at sharing what she is going through, she has always been really aware that people could very easily think she’s looking for sympathy, that she’s looking for support, she’s not at all.
‘It’s not just her going through this. But if her voice can represent some of those families that can’t be heard like she can be heard, hopefully it can make a huge difference down the line.’
‘It’s testament to who she is, her strength of character, positivity, her brilliance she has got this far and managed it so well.
‘I just keep thinking at some point there’s going to be a huge crash, that at some point, maybe, hopefully… we have a big move in how Derek is with his recovery or Derek comes home. It’s going to hit her, what she has been through.’
Later in the documentary, it showed footage of Derek breaking down in tears and mouthing the word ‘pain’ after waking from his coma with Kate left crying over the milestone.
Milestones: Later in the documentary, it showed footage of Derek breaking down in tears and mouthing the word ‘pain’ after waking from his coma with Kate left crying over the milestone
Derek was overcome with emotion after Kate video-called him following his return to consciousness in July, four months after his admission to intensive care.
‘He’s back,’ Kate said. ‘We’ve been waiting a long time to speak to you. I’m so proud of you. I’m so proud of you.’
The former lobbyist and political advisor was also given the opportunity to speak to children Darcey and Billy via FaceTime, with his youngest showing off a Millennium Falcon constructed from Lego bricks especially for his return.
Kate said: ‘So that’s the first time he’s showed any emotion, which is huge. He’s got to find that confidence he can do it now, he can claw his way out of it. He’s definitely present, you can see it in his eyes… every time a little bit more of him.’
In further scenes filmed in October, the heartbroken presenter could only watch powerlessly as Derek mouthed the word ‘pain’ – his first verbal communication since being stricken with coronavirus.
Emotional: Derek was overcome with emotion after Kate video-called him following his return to consciousness in July, four months after his admission to intensive care
Another moving clip from the documentary saw Kate meet with a community nurse who contracted coronavirus in May 2020 and is still unable to work due to the impact of the virus on their body.
Talking after meeting up, the presenter reflected: ‘I just fear for a future and pandemic of mental ill health. Anxiety in itself makes you ill. A very tough future ahead I think at this point.’
Kate also spoke to a woman called Julie, whose husband Steve contracted coronavirus in March 2020, as well as his twin brother Bobby. Steve is still in hospital nearly a year on while Bobby has been discharged.
Giving his advice to both Julie and Kate over a video call during their husbands’ recoveries, Bobby said: ‘The only medication is love, it’s the most powerful thing you can have.’
Family: The former lobbyist and political advisor was also given the opportunity to speak to children Darcey and Billy via FaceTime
Elsewhere during the documentary, Kate admitted she was stunned after a well meaning friend suggested she could back out of her marriage to Derek because his current predicament ‘wasn’t what she signed up for.’
Addressing the camera, she revealed: ‘Somebody said to me the other day, “You are allowed to say this isn’t what I signed up for and get out.” And I was like, “Oh my god.”
‘I mean, I know they meant it weirdly kindly, as if almost giving me license. But I said, “I can’t think that! He’s in there!”‘
In scenes filmed in November, Kate met with an occupational therapist as they discussed the layout of their home and prepared it for Derek’s return.
The footage showed the presenter making their North London property wheelchair accessible and installed a hospital bed in the lounge as the virus has damaged the former lobbyist’s muscles.
Stunned: Elsewhere in the documentary Kate admitted she was stunned after a well meaning friend suggested she could back out of her marriage to Derek
The broadcaster transformed the ground floor of their house last year as she hoped the author would have recovered before the third lockdown, but sadly, his condition hasn’t improved.
Talking about the works at their home, Kate said: ‘ If I have to give up work to care for him, then best to do it now… while I’m earning money.
‘If he needs 24hr care, I will be the primary carer, I have a fear of the reality of that life it’s a completely different dynamic to our relationship.’
However it’s understood that the presenter has no plans to step down from her role at Good Morning Britain as Derek continues his slow recovery.
A spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Kate will not be giving up her role on GMB, in fact, her job has been something of a lifeline and really kept her spirits up over this past year and she has no plans to change that.’
Preparations: In November, Kate met with an occupational therapist as they discussed the layout of their home and prepared it for Derek’s return
Accessible: The footage showed the presenter making their North London property wheelchair accessible and installed a hospital bed in the lounge
During the end of the documentary, Kate was surprised with a phone call from Elton John as he sent love to the presenter’s family and Derek.
Elton, 73, said: ‘I pray for him every night. He’s in my prayers and you, your family. He’s an amazing man, please give him my love.’
Kate revealed that her son Billy has picked Elton’s 1972 hit Rocket Man as a ‘really good’ song for Derek’s recovery as the family resonate with the lyrics.
Elsewhere, in further footage from February, Kate admitted that she has to be ‘forcefully positive’ towards Derek, she said: ‘I've never loved Derek more or feared losing him more.’
She added: ‘I say to him, you believe you’ll get better don’t you, because you will, very forcefully positive and he says: “Yes.”
‘So I say: “What is it then?” and he says: “It’s the how, it’s the how.” I know completely what he means by that, he has a sense he’s in there, he has Derek in his head but how to get it out. How to go back to the life.’
At the end of the documentary, it offered viewers an update in Derek’s recovery with the former lobbyist’s rehabilitation continuing and doctors extending ‘the option of keeping him in hospital until December 2021.’
In an emotional ending, it showed a sweet recent FaceTime between Derek and Kate where he said: ‘Thank you, I love you forever and a day,’ to which Kate replied: ‘Oh darling, I love you.’
Support: During the end of the documentary, Kate was surprised with a phone call from Elton John, pictured right in 2019, as he sent love to the presenter’s family and Derek
Recovery: At the end of the documentary, viewers were told that doctors extending ‘the option of keeping Derek in hospital until December 2021’
DEREK DRAPER’S CORONAVIRUS BATTLE
March 30, 2020 : Derek is admitted to a London hospital after testing positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19, little more than a week after Britain enters its first national lockdown
April 3, 2020 : Derek is admitted to intensive care four days after his hospitalisation. As his condition steadily worsens, he falls into a coma.
May 28, 2020 : Kate reveals that Derek remains in a coma and is continuing to be cared for by NHS professionals.
June 5, 2020 : The presenter tells Good Morning Britain viewers that Derek is “Covid free”, although the family are unsure if he will ever recover from the ravages of the illness.
July 5, 2020 : Kate reveals that Derek has finally woken from his coma and has opened his eyes – her first communication with her husband since March
July 13, 2020: Kate resumes her presenting role on Good Morning Britain after taking time off amid Derek’s ongoing illness.
July 14, 2020: Kate tells viewers she is preparing to visit Derek in hospital for the first time.
July 21, 2020 : Derek hears Kate’s voice after nurses play Good Morning Britain in his hospital room. During her appearance on the show Kate confirms she is preparing to visit him for a second time.
August 19, 2020: After being absent for three days Kate tells viewers she has tried not to break down after being kept apart from Derek on his 53rd birthday.
September 10, 2020 : Kate and Derek remain apart during their milestone 15th Wedding Anniversary , with the presenter unable to visit her husband.
September 11, 2020 : Kate reveals Derek is still unable to speak but admits plans to visit him in hospital for a belated anniversary celebration.
September 29, 2020 : Derek’s six-month long battle against COVID-19 becomes one of the longest known cases in the United Kingdom.
October 30, 2020 : Derek is finally able to communicate verbally after 214 days in hospital. His first word – “pain.”
January 7, 2021 : Kate reveals her two children saw Derek for the first time since he fell ill during the Christmas period
Speaking out: It comes after Kate discussed her new documentary on Good Morning Britain ahead of its airing, where she admitted it was important for her to remain upbeat for the sake of her husband
‘I will obviously be there completely, 100% if that would make a difference but actually what Derek needs is specialist, professional, medical support ongoing because there is a good chance he can improve but we need to make sure that support is there now for that to happen.
‘Whether that be remaining in hospital or whether that be something else – I would like to be home – but it is not just a case of you know I would want to sit there and hold his hand but people in this situation need expertise and I’m not an expert.’
Despite radical changes to his physical appearance, Kate admitted those who know Lancashire born Derek will be able to see that his personality is still very much present.
She said: ‘There are moments where I think people who know Derek will know he’s there, and for a while that was part of the horror… is he still there? There's even some Chorley in there. Even COVID can’t take Chorley out of the man!’
Kate also praised the couple’s children for their ability to cope with the unexpected and abrupt change to their home-life over the last 12 months.
Staying on: The presenter also confirmed she has no plans to step down from her day job in order to provide round the clock care for Derek when he is released from hospital
Old times: Kate and Derek exchanged vows in Camden in 2005. The presenter was previously married to ITV Meridian boss Ian Rumsey from 1998 to 2002
Kate previously recalled the ‘devastating’ moment her husband told her he feared he couldn’t go on while he was in hospital with coronavirus.
The presenter told The Mirror: ‘After that call, it was then time to go into GMB and go on air, having been up all night, it was a tough night actually.
‘But everyone at ITV has been so incredibly supportive. I managed to get through. During this whole time, working on GMB and Smooth Radio has helped me to keep going and keep my spirits up.’
While Covid is no longer in Derek’s system, the virus left him battling kidney failure, liver failure, heart failure and damage to his pancreas.
Kate added: ‘And in the end, I said to him, “Just stay with me, I'm going to keep talking to you”. And he was obviously exhausted. Because that's the other thing, is that the tiniest thing completely exhausts him.’
The broadcaster said that even Derek voicing his feelings like that would have taken a huge amount out of him as he has such little energy.
Kate spoke to her husband on the drive into work that day and then told the doctor’s to put on Good Morning Britain so he could see her.
The presenter first invited a film crew into her home last September with the hope that the film would end with Derek returning home.
But seven months later, the documentary instead focuses on Derek’s year in hospital as well as the many months of recovery that are left.
Derek has lost eight stone amid his health battle with Kate revealing the children have not seen him in person at all this year.
She added the kids did visit Derek over Christmas and described it as a ‘shock’ to see the physical change in him.
Heartbreaking: The presenter invited a film crew into her home last September with the hope that the film would end with Derek returning home (pictured prior to Derek’s Covid battle)
Tragic: Derek was admitted to hospital in March after contracting the respiratory illness and was subsequently placed in a medically induced coma before waking in July (pictured in hospital)
Kate has made the ground floor of her home wheelchair accessible and is looking ahead to visiting Derek in hospital as soon as lockdown is eased.
The star, who acknowledges there is still a long way to go in Derek’s road to recovery, thinks the couple’s relationship may be changed forever.
Derek was admitted to hospital in March after contracting the respiratory illness and was subsequently placed in a medically induced coma before he awoke in July.
He is considered to be the longest surviving COVID-19 patient in the country. On more than one occasion his heart stopped beating, he battled bacterial pneumonia and fought multiple infections which punctured holes in his lungs.
Sad: Kate – who shares Darcey and William (pictured in 2019) with her husband of 15 years – admitted it is ‘shocking’ to see his current state, including his eight stone weight loss
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