Kate Garraway tearfully opened up live on Good Morning Britain on Friday, as she discussed her husband Derek Draper’s fight for life on TV for the first time.
Derek was rushed to hospital with coronavirus in March, and has remained in a coma in intensive care for 10 weeks.
But he didn’t have the initial typical and named symptoms at all, including a fever and a cough, and instead had numbness in his hand – while also experiencing headaches and breathlessness.
Kate confessed it all felt like yesterday when the scary situation unfolded at home, leading up to him being rushed to hospital in an ambulance.
She confirmed Derek was now Covid-19 free, but the damage to his body from the virus has left him fighting for his life.
The GMB presenter revealed how in the days prior to his hospital dash, he had symptoms but they were not convinced it was the virus.
But by the time an ambulance was called, Derek was struggling to breathe and barely able to walk.
Kate detailed the worrying days and minutes leading to him being taken in, and eventually being placed into an induced coma.
She told hosts and co-stars Ranvir Singh and Ben Shephard: “Derek had had a really painful shoulder for a couple of months, and just before lockdown he was gonna have injections but they were cancelled and he was feeling unwell, but he was at home tutoring the kids while I worked.
“Then on the Friday I got back and I said, ‘you don’t look right babe, what going on?’ he said he thought it was the pain killers. I just had a weird feeling and said, ‘you haven’t got a cough have you?’.
“I took his temperature and he didn’t have either. I tried to get him some antibiotics, and he said he thought he had sinusitis.”
She went on: “Over the weekend I just thought, and we were talking to each other, and we thought where can you go to see a doctor, but we had no real feeling it was Covid.
“Then on the Monday I came home and thought, ‘You do not look well’ and he said ‘I don’t feel well’. He had a splitting headache, weird numbness in his right hand and was finding it quite hard to breathe, he was struggling to breathe.
“I did what anybody at GMB does and rang Dr Hilary, I tried to get through to 111 but couldn’t. Dr Hilary said to put me back on and I’ll never forget it he said, ‘I think you need to ring an ambulance’.”
Kate was “scared” as he was taken away, but also felt she was wasting the time of the ambulance service, unable to believe what was happening.
At the time, headaches were not considered a symptom of the virus – with just a cough and a fever considered to be what to look out for.
She said: “He still didn’t have a temperature, he didn’t have a cough, we sort of helped him downstairs. He’d never been to hospital before, he’s never got ill Derek.”
Days into his hospital stay, Derek was struggling to breathe and felt like he was “suffocating” Kate revealed.
He was placed into a coma shortly after being admitted, after a few days, and has remained in intensive care since then.
While he has tested negative for the virus now, he’s still fighting for his life and “may not recover”.
Kate confirmed the virus caused extraordinary damage to his body, and that he might not survive it.
But she’s remaining strong and hopeful, grateful to still have him alive – as one doctor told her he was the only person alive that he’d treated with such damage.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.