Kate Garraway has started journal to document Derek Draper's progress

Kate Garraway reveals she’s started a journal to follow husband Derek Draper’s progress after author Michael Rosen told her how nurses recorded his eight weeks in hospital with ‘moving and incredible’ letters

  • Author Michael Rosen, 74, was admitted to hospital with COVID in late March
  • Writer spent 47 days in intensive care at Whittington Hospital in North London
  • Told nurses who ‘saved his life’ had started diary he could read after recovery
  • Kate, 53, revealed she’s now documenting husband’s health with similar journal

Kate Garraway revealed she’s started a journal to document the progress of her husband Derek Draper, as he continues to fight for his life in hospital. 

Returning to host Good Morning Britain for the first time this morning since her husband, 52, fell critically ill with coronavirus, Kate, 53, interviewed author Michael Rosen, 74, who was left intensive care after 47 days with the virus. 

The writer was admitted to Whittington Hospital in North London during the final week of March, after suffering from coronavirus-like symptoms and was rushed into ICU after his health deteriorated.

He revealed how the hospital staff, who ‘saved his life several times’, began writing ‘incredible and moving’ letters to him while he spent seven weeks in an induced coma.  

Kate Garraway revealed she’s started journal to document the progress of her husband Derek Draper’s as he continues to fight for his life in hospital. Pictured, Kate and Derek in 2019 

Kate, 53, interviewed author Michael Rosen, 74, (pictured) who has left intensive care after 47 days as she returned to Good Morning Britain today 

He told the hospital’s staff who ‘saved his life several times’ began writing letters to him while he spent seven-weeks in an induced coma in an ‘incredible and moving’ journal

This prompted Kate to reveal that she too has started writing down the progress of her husband and is finding it ‘really helpful’ to help hospital staff ‘get to know’ her husband while he’s in a state of unconsciousness. 

Michael, who has penned several children’s books including We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, said of the hospital staff: ‘Just massive and incredible, they saved my life several times. 

‘More than that, this is an incredible little book. The nurses who looked after me, when I was in intensive care, they wrote letters to me when they were on duty. So there are pages and accounts of how they saw me and it’s so moving and it’s incredible.’ 

Later Kate told: ‘The journal is something I’ve just started with Derek. In the early stages the team were so focused on medical life and death. There wasn’t a second, they were so overstretched to do anything like that.’

Michael, who served as Children’s Laureate between 2007 and 2009, began charting his battle with Covid-19 in March

She said that keeping a written record as a relative is ‘really helpful’ because teams change and staff change, but they can come back and ‘look at things from the day before’. 

She explained: ‘It helps them to know the patient that’s in a state of unconsciousness at any level, it’s a wonderful idea and it’s wonderful you’ve got that.’ 

Michael, who served as Children’s Laureate between 2007 and 2009, began charting his battle with Covid-19 in March, tweeting about ‘freezing cold sweats and deep muscle exhaustion’.

He was later taken into intensive care at the end of March. His family warned at the time that he was ‘very poorly’.

But he showed signs of recovery in June, when he began to walk again.

Speaking of his battle, he said: ‘I’m feeling good, COVID has a long tail depending on how severe the infection was and whether you were in intensive care, which I was. 

Kate Garraway’s husband has been in hospital since March. The star has been told his recovery could take years (pictured in 2019)

‘You know better than me Kate, it is not an illness you just leave behind and I hope it [my recovery] gives you some hope too.’  

This morning saw Kate return to host the show for the first time after taking time off while her husband was admitted to hospital with coronavirus in March and was put into a coma by doctors.  

After being welcomed back by her colleagues, including co-host Ben Shephard, the presenter said: ‘Don’t be too nice because I’ll get emotional, just go back to being rude’. 

Ben said: ‘It’s lovely having you back, back to work in a long time.’

Kate replied: ‘We’ll have some fun this morning, we’ve had a lot of emotion.’

Co-host Ben Shephard said at the start of the programme he had a ‘big smile’ on his face because of Kate Garraway’s return

Well-wishers poured out their support online for the ‘strong’ and ‘positive’ presenter as she returned to their screens this morning. 

Later on in the show presenter Lorraine Kelly also spoke of her joy at having her back, saying: ‘Kate I know you don’t want a big fuss but it is a joy to have you back.’ 

Last Wednesday Kate returned to the show update fans on her husband’s condition while he remains in a ‘minimum state of consciousness’ in intensive care after coronavirus caused ‘extraordinary damage’ on his body.    

She’s said that despite her husband’s ill health she remains hopeful that he will recover, as he has already defied expectations with his incredible progress. 

She added: ‘He’s been very very sick, but it’s a new disease, there’s no data, so what they can say is, “It’s great he’s here. There’s flickers of hope”. His lungs are starting to recover, his kidneys are doing better, his liver, but they don’t know how much better he can get.’

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