Good Morning Britain hosts send message of hope to Kate Garraway after husband Derek suffers 'heart attack'

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18 Dec 2023, 10:41

Good Morning Britain hosts send message of hope to Kate Garraway after husband Derek suffers 'heart attack'

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Good Morning Britain's Charlotte Hawkins and Richard Madeley have expressed their support for fellow presenter Kate Garraway after her husband Derek Draper 'fights for his life' in hospital.

The ITV star's beloved partner is seriously ill after suffering a 'heart attack' and the broadcaster is said to be by his side.

On GMB today, Charlotte told viewers: "We wanted to start with an update. You have seen that Derek, Kate's husband, is sadly very poorly at the moment.

"We want to let Derek, Kate and the whole family know we are thinking of them, and that we're sending them our very best wishes"

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Richard added: "It is a very difficult time"

Charlotte agreed: "Extremely difficult. Lots of love."

Presenter Ranvir Singh and Dr Hilary Jones sent their love to the family while on Lorraine, with Ranvir calling Kate a 'warrior'.

The author is said to have taken an 'indefinite' leave of absence from work following the trauma.

A source said: “Everyone is praying for a miracle. Derek suffered a massive heart attack earlier this week which has left him fighting for his life all over again.

“It was sudden and a shock as he had been doing so well and was in great spirits, looking forward to Christmas at home with the family.

Kate Garraway and Derek Draper

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“This setback has been a huge blow for his family and all the people caring for him.

"Kate is by his side 24 hours a day and is willing him on to win this latest battle for his life.  

“Derek has fought so many times, and always, against all odds, come out the other side.

“Kate has been utterly incredible — by his side while being an amazing mum to Darcey and Billy, and trying to manage their expectations of a family Christmas.”

Britain’s longest-suffering coronavirus survivor Derek spent 13 months in hospital. The disease has affected his brain inflammation, caused kidney failure, liver and pancreas damage, dementia and he now has difficulty breathing unaided.

Kate Garraway and Derek Draper

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Fans commented on social media: "Sending special thoughts to Kate Garraway and her family and hoping Derek keeps strong."

A second added: "Just read Derek has had a heart attack. So sorry. You've all been through so much. sending hugs."

A third penned: "So sorry to hear about Derek having a heart attack on top of what he's been through, my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time."

Sending love and prayers to Kate, Derek and their family.