Kate Garraway in "continual survival mode" during husband's illness

Dan Seddon
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Photo credit: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
Photo credit: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock

From Digital Spy

Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway has spoken about being in "continual survival mode" throughout her family's coronavirus ordeal.

The news anchor's husband Derek Draper was hospitalised 12 months ago and immediately placed into an induced coma, but despite fleeting glimpses of recovery after coming out of it, Garraway remains unsure about his future.

During a wide-ranging interview with The Times, she addressed the effects of this traumatic experience.

Photo credit: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
Photo credit: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock

Related: Good Morning Britain's Kate Garraway hasn't seen husband Derek Draper since Christmas

In particular, the couple's "complicated" legal situation has provided her with numerous challenges as the absence of a power of attorney means she cannot access Derek's bank/credit card accounts, nor their joint savings account.

"I haven't really got my head round the legal situation," she said. "I've been in a continual survival mode. Just thinking, let's get through today. Let's check the children are sane and fed and happy. Let's see what the latest is with Derek. Let's try to research what we can do about Derek.

"I have tried to sort of wake up from that and think about the future. But nobody can tell you what the future is."

Photo credit: Can Nguyen/Shutterstock
Photo credit: Can Nguyen/Shutterstock

Related: Kate Garraway says she's "physically low" as she talks husband Derek being "ravaged from the effects of COVID"

According to the 53-year-old, she and the children (daughter Darcey and son William) struggled to feed themselves while self-isolating late last year when their fridge-freezer broke down.

Marks & Spencer ended up stepping in to help (thanks to ambassador Emma Willis), as Kate recalled: "They sent over a hamper of Christmas goodies. So we had this extraordinary situation where we didn't have any bread but we had canapés.

"The kids would ask, 'What's for breakfast?' 'Canapés.' 'Can't we have Rice Krispies?' 'No – we don't have any. But you can have truffles!'"

Meanwhile, it was recently announced that the TV presenter has been making a documentary about Derek's health battle which will air later this year.

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