Kate Garraway writing diary about unconscious husband’s health battle
Written by Skywave Radio News on July 13, 2020
Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway revealed she has starting writing a diary for her unconscious husband to help his “overstretched” doctors.
Returning to host the ITV show for the first time this morning since Derek Draper fell critically ill with coronavirus, mum-of-two Kate said she has been recording notes about the experience and wants to help staff “get to know” her husband.
Former Labour advisor Derek, from Chorley, has been in hospital for the past three months after contracting Covid-19. And while his body has been rid of the virus, Covid wreaked havoc on his internal organs.
Although he has started to open his eyes, Derek remains in and out of consciousness.
Kate, 53, today interviewed writer Michael Rosen, 74, who was left intensive care after 47 days with coronavirus.
He revealed how the hospital staff, who ‘saved his life several times’, began writing ‘incredible and moving’ letters to him while he spent seven weeks in an induced coma.
Kate said she took inspiration from him to keep her husband updated and that the diary is a way for her to share information about Derek with the doctors and nurses who care for him.
Michael explained: “The nurses who looked after me wrote little diary entries and letters to me when they came off duty.
“There are pages of accounts of what they saw me in the state I was in. It is so moving and incredible, it’s wonderful.”
Hearing about the diary that had meant so much to Michael, Kate replied: “The team around you that started a journal for you is something I’ve started with Derek.”
Revealing she’d started doing the same after hearing his story, she continued: “In the early stages the team were just so focused on medical life or death, there wasn’t a second, because they were so overstretched, to do something like that.
“Now I’ve started it I’ve found it really helpful as a relative.
“Because staff change, for them to come back and look at things from the day before helps them to know the patient who is in a state of unconsciousness.
“It’s a wonderful idea and it’s wonderful you’ve got that.”
Kate has also urged people to wear face masks in public to help halt the spread of coronavirus.
She confirmed wearing a mask in her car on the way to the studio and insisted caution is the best policy.
“I’m exceptionally cautious,” she explained. “It’s better for you and better for the driver.”
The conversation turned to whether face masks should be a legal requirement in shops, to which Kate replied: “Maybe it should be a legal requirement.”
Dr Hilary Jones, GMB’s resident medical expert, weighed in that it would be “very difficult to police”, and that “fighting” needs to be avoided.
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