Kate Garraway details moment she saw ‘unrecognisable’ Derek in hospital and says it was a ‘white ball of shock’
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Kate Garraway has relived the moment she saw her husband Derek Draper in hospital during his battle with Coronavirus.
The mum-of-two, who says she ignored Piers Morgan's advice to her, said Derek looked "unrecognisable" after losing eight stone after being on a ventilator and in a form of coma.
The 53 year old explained in her new book The Power of Hope: "Even now it remains hard to describe how I felt when I saw him. It was like a white ball of shock so bright you want to put your hand up to your eyes to protect them.
"My husband was unrecognisable. Legs like sticks, thinner than I'd thought his previously big frame could make possible.
"His arms too – how could muscle, flesh and fat become so small? Even his bones should be bigger than that, surely?
"His lungs heaved, mechanically wrenching in and out in an unnatural, desperate way. His eyes stared straight up as he lay on the bed, which I was grateful for as I didn't want him to see my reaction," Kate divulged.
The Good Morning Britain host said she approached Derek and spoke to him, but he didn't repond to her and "stared blankly".
She continued: "I said 'I'm here. I'm always here. You're safe in a hospital where they're going to get you better'.
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"I was almost shouting, as if turning up the volume would somehow bridge the divide.
"I looked deep into his eyes and said: 'I know you can't respond, but I know you're in there. I know you love us and we all love you. I am going to get you out'.
'His eyes were fixed on me, but with no movement in the surrounding muscles they looked blank."
The former GMTV star, who is 'starting a whole new chapter' with her husband, was only given a few minutes to see her spouse and on the way home, she couldn't face speaking to family who wanted answers.
"I was sobbing uncontrollably – sobbing and shaking. I got out two streets from home to gather myself. I couldn't let the children see me like this.
"I carried on walking, then called my friend Rob Rinder, known to his fans as Judge Rinder. I poured out my misery, sitting on the kerb, sobbing into the gutter.
"Right, stop thinking,' said Rob. 'And that's an order. You're in medical shock. There's nothing you can do right now but sleep. Go home, close your eyes and sleep. That is your one task.'"
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