Kate Garraway trying to remain positive after Derek Draper was hospitalized amid long Covid battle

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Kate Garraway has admitted she’s trying to remain positive after her husband Derek Draper was hospitalized this week, amid his ongoing battle with long Covid.

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The Good Morning Britain presenter, 55, confessed she has her ‘fingers crossed’ after the ‘downturn’ but remains hopeful.

The former political advisor, 54, became the longest suffering patient with the virus in the UK, after spending 13 months in hospital when he contracted it in March 2020.

Strong: Kate Garraway has admitted she's trying to remain positive after her husband Derek Draper was hospitalized this week, amid his battle with long Covid (pictured on Wednesday)

Strong: Kate Garraway has admitted she's trying to remain positive after her husband Derek Draper was hospitalized this week, amid his battle with long Covid (pictured on Wednesday)

Strong: Kate Garraway has admitted she’s trying to remain positive after her husband Derek Draper was hospitalized this week, amid his battle with long Covid (pictured on Wednesday)

Although he returned to his family home in April 2021, Derek had to go back to the hospital this week after taking a turn.

Speaking to Simon Gross at the TRIC Awards on Wednesday, Kate said: ‘He’s back in hospital, I’m afraid so a bit of a downturn but fingers crossed.

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‘In terms of COVID, I mean when Derek got COVID there was no vaccine there was no treatment there was a lot of challenges, now we have those things so on that level yes it’s not gone away.’

It comes after Kate thanked her fans for tracking down her husband Derek’s medical supplies after she begged for ‘urgent help’ in retrieving them.

Terrible: The former political advisor, 54, became the longest suffering patient with the virus in the UK, after spending 13 months in hospital when he contracted it in March 2020

Terrible: The former political advisor, 54, became the longest suffering patient with the virus in the UK, after spending 13 months in hospital when he contracted it in March 2020

Terrible: The former political advisor, 54, became the longest suffering patient with the virus in the UK, after spending 13 months in hospital when he contracted it in March 2020

Update details: Speaking to Simon Gross at the TRIC Awards on Wednesday, Kate said: 'He's back in hospital I'm afraid so a bit of a downturn but fingers crossed

Update details: Speaking to Simon Gross at the TRIC Awards on Wednesday, Kate said: 'He's back in hospital I'm afraid so a bit of a downturn but fingers crossed

Update details: Speaking to Simon Gross at the TRIC Awards on Wednesday, Kate said: ‘He’s back in hospital I’m afraid so a bit of a downturn but fingers crossed

While he was released from hospital last year he still requires round the clock care and daily medication – which Kate revealed on Friday she had accidentally left in the back of a taxi.

Thankfully, after appealing for help on Twitter, Kate was able to track down the driver, sharing on Sunday: ‘It’s been returned!

‘Thanks to all who reached out – the message got to the lovely driver Robert who returned it – phew and thanks to all. #happysundayeveryone.’

Kate’s campaign started on Friday when she tweeted: ‘@BC_Lostproperty help!! Have just brought Derek home in a mobility black cab from the hospital for a weekend visit -& have left a case with all his meds and kit in the front!

Development: The Good Morning Britain presenter, 55, told MailOnline at the TRIC Awards on Wednesday (pictured): 'He's OK, he's back in hospital actually, so that's a development'

Development: The Good Morning Britain presenter, 55, told MailOnline at the TRIC Awards on Wednesday (pictured): 'He's OK, he's back in hospital actually, so that's a development'

Development: The Good Morning Britain presenter, 55, told MailOnline at the TRIC Awards on Wednesday (pictured): ‘He’s OK, he’s back in hospital actually, so that’s a development’

Family unit: Kate also praised the way the couple's two children, Darcey, 16, and Billy, 12, have supported their father, adding: 'They've been amazing - all the way through'

Family unit: Kate also praised the way the couple's two children, Darcey, 16, and Billy, 12, have supported their father, adding: 'They've been amazing - all the way through'

Family unit: Kate also praised the way the couple’s two children, Darcey, 16, and Billy, 12, have supported their father, adding: ‘They’ve been amazing – all the way through’

‘The driver recognized me but may not know it’s there – please look & get in touch – urgently needed!!’

Following her call for assistance, Kate’s fans were quick to come to her rescue as one follower revealed that they in fact knew the driver who transported the couple and was trying to contact him.

They penned: ‘I know the driver Kate as he mentioned he’d taken you and your husband to me this evening. I’m trying to get in touch right now.’

Other Twitter users also shared their words of support and ideas to help, with one writing: ‘Hope u get this back asap Kate. Also sorry to hear that Derek is no longer home with you all. Lots of love and best wishes for Derek xxxx.’

The power of Twitter: Thankfully, after appealing for help on Twitter, Kate was able to track down the driver, and thanked her fans for their help.

The power of Twitter: Thankfully, after appealing for help on Twitter, Kate was able to track down the driver, and thanked her fans for their help.

The power of Twitter: Thankfully, after appealing for help on Twitter, Kate was able to track down the driver, and thanked her fans for their help.

With another suggesting: ‘Kate. If you paid by card, the drivers details will be on the receipt or the card company should be able to trace him.’

And a third sharing: ‘Hope you get them back asap. Sorry to hear Derek is in hospital I must have missed that somehow, sending love.’

Luckily, the person who knew the driver later confirmed that he did in fact get in touch with them, with the medical supplies quickly returned to Derek and Kate.

Candid: The situation came just days after Kate opened up on finding a new way to be in love with Derek after his Covid-19 battle

Candid: The situation came just days after Kate opened up on finding a new way to be in love with Derek after his Covid-19 battle

Candid: The situation came just days after Kate opened up on finding a new way to be in love with Derek after his Covid-19 battle

The situation came just days after Kate opened up on finding a new way to be in love with Derek after his Covid-19 battle.

The presenter said that her children Darcy, 17, and William, 12, also had to ‘relearn’ how to be around their father amid his continued health struggles.

Derek returned home from the hospital in April 2021 after a year-long battle and still requires round-the-clock care in the midst of his lengthy recovery.

Speaking to Good Housekeeping, Kate said: ‘When you almost lose someone, it certainly brings everything into sharp focus.

‘In many ways, we’re still learning how we are as husband and wife, as so much has changed.

It’s the same for the children – they’re having to relearn the experience of being with their father. And, of course, the biggest lesson is for poor Derek.’

Kate previously admitted that if left unaided for more than three days, Derek could die.

Ongoing process: The Good Morning Britain host said that her children Darcy, 17, and William, 12, also had to 'relearn' how to be around their dad amid his continued health struggles

Ongoing process: The Good Morning Britain host said that her children Darcy, 17, and William, 12, also had to 'relearn' how to be around their dad amid his continued health struggles

Ongoing process: The Good Morning Britain host said that her children Darcy, 17, and William, 12, also had to ‘relearn’ how to be around their dad amid his continued health struggles

He is bed-stricken, with Kate doing much of the caring herself as she insists she won’t ‘ever give up on him’.

Elsewhere in the chat, the presenter also spoke about trying to find the joy in the little moments in life after everything that happened.

She explained: ‘I try to live in the moment more than ever before. I’ll send an email and think, ‘Okay, I’ve sent the email. I can’t do anything more about that now, so I’m just going to look out the window and notice how pretty the sky is.’

‘I really try to seize those moments because when you do, you realize that life is just a collection of moments – and finding more good ones than bad ones is probably the secret to it all.’

Struggles: Derek returned home from hospital in April 2021 after a year-long battle and still requires round-the-clock care in the midst of his lengthy recovery

Struggles: Derek returned home from hospital in April 2021 after a year-long battle and still requires round-the-clock care in the midst of his lengthy recovery

Struggles: Derek returned home from hospital in April 2021 after a year-long battle and still requires round-the-clock care in the midst of his lengthy recovery

Source: | dailymail.co.uk

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