Kate Garraway gives update on husband Derek Draper
Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway will be replaced by Ranvir Singh after the star cancelled all her work commitments. Kate is sitting by her husband, Derek Draper, bedside as he fights for his life in the hospital after suffering a huge heart attack.
Kate and his family have kept a 24-7 vigil for Derek, who was struck down with Covid in 2020 and is still battling a number of health problems. The virus caused brain inflammation, kidney failure, and liver and pancreas damage.
The ITV star is also said to be preparing her children for a heartbreaking Christmas without their dad Derek at home.
Kate has taken a step back from her GMB hosting duties and will be replaced by Ranvir Singh on Thursday’s show.
Ranvir has been filling in for Lorraine Kelly this week but told viewers today “I’m getting up a bit earlier tomorrow because I’ll be bringing you Good Morning Britain.
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“Louise Minchin will be in the hot seat here. She’ll be joined on the safe here by Meera Syal.”
Viewers of the ITV chatshow were excited to see Ranvir on GMB but were sorry for the circumstances, taking to their X accounts, formerly known as Twitter to comment.
@AngelaH32436155 said: “@kategarraway I’m sorry for what you are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Derek and your children.”
@RegisWinward commented: “@kategarraway Praying for you and your family at this challenging time. Stay strong, knowing that you have many people praying for you, Derek, and the rest of your family.”
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Fiona Bruce added: “@kategarraway Thinking of you both at this time Kate. It’s usually in the stillness of nighttime when mostly sleep your alone in thoughts hopes & wishes for positive outcome. Stay strong.”
@AlanYat13540876 noted: “Sending love to the lovely Kate and her family. You have gone through a lot lovely Kate I will say a prayer for Derek.” (sic)
Derke was first rushed to hospital with Covid in March 2020 and quickly fell into a coma, was put on a va entilator and spent 13 months in hospital.
One brain scan last year showed white patches, usually seen in patients with vascular dementia and he has since undergone a series of inconclusive lung tests and still has difficulty breathing unaided.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV1 and ITVX.
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