Kate Garraway reveals she was told husband Derek 'may have died' in awful hospital mistake

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Kate Garraway has spoken of her horror at being told her husband Derek Draper 'may have died', only to discover it had been an error.

The Good Morning Britain star has revealed the unexpected heartache she encountered.

Kate, 52, who is set to reveal her heartbreaking ordeal in an upcoming ITV documentary Finding Derek, has recalled the hours of agony she faced ahead of learning Derek's fate.

Speaking to The Times newspaper, the mum-of-two to daughter Darcey, 14, and son Billy, 11, revealed, "I was just sitting on the phone, waiting to know if he’d died or not."

Derek was admitted to the hospital last March with Covid-19. Kate had contacted ITV's Dr Hilary Jones for advice as Derek's symptoms worsened before he was rushed to the hospital. But he had to be placed in a medically induced coma on April 5 and he has suffered long-term effects ever since. Meanwhile, Kate has continued to juggle work and parenting their two children.

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Speaking about the moment she was left wondering if her husband was died or not, Kate said she was told "He may have died. Somebody will call you back."

Kate had Derek's condition confirmed within a day - but spent hours agonising whether she would have to tell children Darcey and Billy that their dad Derek had tragically not made it.

She added, "Then it turned out that somebody had died who had a similar name to his."

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Kate previously spoke of her heartache at her husband being a changed man, after visiting him over the Christmas period. She also told viewers of her devastation at not being able to visit her husband with the ongoing lockdown restrictions.

Kate's new book The Power of Hope is available to pre-order now ahead of its release next month which aims to help other people in difficulty.

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is currently a Senior Entertainment Writer for Goodto.com, formerly Senior Entertainment writer for Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life and has more than 16 years of experience in newspapers, magazines and online. She currently writes a mix of Entertainment news - including celebrity births, weddings and reality show line-ups including Strictly, Dancing On Ice and The Great British Bake Off, reporting the the latest news about the Royal kids Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet as well as Family news stories from baby names to store closures and product recall warnings. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.