Kate Garraway's "heartbreaking" Finding Derek documentary praised

Susannah Alexander
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Photo credit: James Gourley/ITV/Shutterstock
Photo credit: James Gourley/ITV/Shutterstock

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Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway has received praise following the airing of her ITV documentary Finding Derek tonight (March 23).

Kate Garraway: Finding Derek followed Kate as she offered an insight into how she and her family have coped in the year since her husband, Derek Draper, was hospitalised with COVID-19 in March 2020.

Derek was admitted to intensive care 12 months ago after contracting the coronavirus, where he continues to receive treatment today.

Photo credit: James Gourley/ITV/Shutterstock
Photo credit: James Gourley/ITV/Shutterstock

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The programme featured interviews with Kate and Derek's children, 14-year-old Darcey and 11-year-old Bill, as well as Kate's long-time GMB co-host Ben Shephard, who called Kate "brilliant at sharing what she's going through".

As well as sharing her own experiences with Derek, who she says doctors have called "the sickest person they have ever treated who lived", Kate also spoke to community nurse Orly, who has recovered from the virus but is still experiencing long-term effects from her illness – a condition known as Long Covid.

The documentary also explored the question of how changed Derek could be in the long-term, while the family were also shown preparing for Derek's return home one day, with Kate creating space for a wheelchair in the house.

"If I have to give up work to care for him, this is the time to do it while I'm earning money," she said, explaining that her husband might need full-time care when he is released from hospital.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

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"There is a tomorrow that I believe in," she said at the end of the documentary, explaining that she hopes that her family's shared love will keep them all going.

The hard-hitting documentary attracted a great deal of praise from viewers, who paid tribute to Kate's bravery and her efforts to publicise the impacts of COVID:

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Kate Garraway's The Power of Hope is available to pre-order now.

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