Kate Garraway admits having 'hardest' few weeks of her life as husband battles COVID-19

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Kate Garraway attends The Global Awards, a brand new awards show hosted by Global, the Media & Entertainment group, at London's Eventim Apollo Hammersmith. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 1, 2018. See PA story SHOWBIZ Global. Photo credit should read: Joel Ryan/PA Wire (Photo by Joel Ryan/PA Images via Getty Images)
Kate Garraway attends The Global Awards, a brand new awards show hosted by Global, the Media & Entertainment group, at London's Eventim Apollo Hammersmith. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 1, 2018. See PA story SHOWBIZ Global. Photo credit should read: Joel Ryan/PA Wire (Photo by Joel Ryan/PA Images via Getty Images)

Kate Garraway has opened up about the harrowing few weeks which has seen husband Derek Draper critically ill with COVID-19, saying they have been the “hardest” of her life.

Draper was admitted to hospital earlier this month - he was moved to the intensive care unit before being put in an induced coma.

The Good Morning Britain presenter took to her personal blog to reveal her family’s struggle.

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She wrote: "You may have seen over the last few that my husband Derek has been seriously ill in hospital with COVID-19. I am afraid that he remains in a deeply critical condition and is very ill, but he's still alive so there is hope.

TV Presenter Kate Garraway and husband Derek Draper arrives at the Galaxy British Book Awards at Grosvenor House on April 3, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
TV Presenter Kate Garraway and husband Derek Draper arrives at the Galaxy British Book Awards at Grosvenor House on April 3, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)

"It remains an extremely worrying time for us all and the last couple of weeks have been the hardest of my life."

The 52-year-old also used the opportunity to heap praise on the NHS.

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She wrote: "From the bottom of my heart a billion thank yous to the extraordinary NHS workers whose skills, dedication and downright guts in the face of so much personal risk, are keeping my Derek alive, just as they are for thousands of other COVID patients."

She added: "Sending so much love and support to the thousands who have had that hope for their loved ones stolen by this hideous disease. You are not alone and I hope that helps give you strength to withstand the torture of grief."

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She went on to thank well-wishers and fans for their support, saying: "I wanted to send a huge thank you to all of you who have sent me such a wonderful messages wishing Derek well. It has meant the world to me.

"I am sorry I have not been able to reply to them individually, as I am sure you will understand that I am focusing on my family and Derek right now."

Garraway and Draper married in 2005 and they have two children.