Kate Garraway has shared a positive update about her husband Derek Draper, following his lengthy hospitalisation with coronavirus.
And, during a recent interview, Kate shared another positive update on Derek's condition — revealing he has moved from a deeper coma into a minimum state of consciousness.
She also confirmed she is preparing to return to work at Good Morning Britain and Smooth Radio.
"We're keeping positive and doing everything we can to bring him round," Kate told Hello!.
"The children and I communicate with him every day on FaceTime, while a nurse holds his iPad.
"I really believe he can hear. When medical staff say: 'Good morning, Derek,' he sometimes opens his eyes.
"We and the doctors are doing everything we can so that he can start to recover."
Despite the positive news, Kate also confirmed Derek remains verbally unresponsive and said she'd been warned by doctors that "his condition could persist for years".
She added: "I have been living at the end of the phone 24/7, waiting for news of Derek."
"But the doctors have warned that his condition could persist for years so I have to get on with life whilst we are waiting for him to get better."
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
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