Kate Garraway’s ‘tough and sad’ Christmas as children visit Derek Draper for first time

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Good Morning Britain host Kate Garraway has opened up on her "tough and sad" Christmas with husband Derek Draper in hospital recovering from coronavirus.

Kate revealed she and children Darcey, 13, and Billy, 11, were able to visit Derek over the Christmas period, and it was the first time they were able to do that.

But she said it made it even sadder seeing how different he is now since Covid affected him so horribly.

She added that she is now terrified the new lockdown will hinder his progress as he is now longer allowed any visits even from Kate alone.

"How was Christmas in the end? We were all very concerned," asked Kate's co host, Ben Shephard.

Kate replied: "It was tough, it was tough for everybody, I knew it would be tough.

Kate said seeing Derek at Christmas brought home how "changed" he is

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"There was lovely moment, we did, over the period,get to see Derek and the children did for the first time, that was amazing.

"It was very heightened with emotion, because he is very changed.

"It was so wonderful, but it amplified how sad everything was and how different it is.

Kate with Derek and their children Darcy and Billy
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"But it was still fantastic and I am grateful to have had that opportunity and then instantly, now I am in a position where even I can't visit.

"We are into lockdown, no visits at all, which I hope doesn't continue for the whole of lockdown.

"Because that would be very impactful on Derek's state."

Derek has been in hospital since March 2020 after getting coronavirus, and it has wreaked havoc on his body, leaving him with diabetes and holes in his lungs and heart.

* Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am

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