Kate Garraway shares new hope for husband Derek's recovery after he spoke his first word
Kate Garraway joined Lorraine today to talk about her husband’s heart-wrenching battle with Covid-19 and revealed the first word he's spoken in seven months. The presenter admitted her husband mouthing the word ‘pain’ has been a turning point.
She revealed: “It’s awful isn’t it? You don’t want your husband to feel pain, you dread him feeling pain, and you didn’t know what he was feeling. They said they have a word, they rang me and said we have a word, they were quite emotional as well.
“The brilliant doctors and nurses and all teams constantly talk to him, like he can hear, which is the right thing to do, throughout the whole thing when he’s been in a coma. And they said, ‘We are going to move your leg, let us know if you are in discomfort or pain’. And he went ‘pain’ there wasn’t particularly a sound, it was a mouthing, with air but it was very clear and then I saw it again as well."
She continued: "I’m hoping this is the beginning of him emerging. But it’s a long road ahead, Lorraine."
Talking about how she's been coping all this time, she told Lorraine: “I am aware that people are saying I’m looking a bit thin, I know it, I promise you I am eating. I think you just look a bit, you know that pinched look when you are dealing with stuff."
Kate recently met Prince William, who too contracted Covid-19, and shared some kind words and well wishes to Derek: “He’s been through it himself, his dad has had it and he was very vulnerable, absolutely. I think they get it."
Prince William also spoke of Kate's children: "He was saying to me, ‘It must be so hard for the children, I really feel for them’. I thought, ‘Well you lost your mum, you lost your mum younger than Darcey and Billy, you do know what it is like’. Derek is still with us but he’s absent. So, it was rather lovely actually to see them together and what an honour that they have even heard of me to be honest! It was really from the heart.”
Kate concluded: “There is hope. I think there is a huge power in hope and it’s a trick because you have to believe in it for it to work… there was a little sign when Derek said those words, didn’t want him to be in pain, I don’t want anyone to think that but I think gosh, let this be the glimmer, let this be the start.”