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Kate Garraway reveals 'darkest times' as husband Derek marks 1yr in hospital saying fans helped ease 'grim' ordeal

KATE Garraway has opened up about her struggles during the "toughest of times" during husband Derek Draper's Covid battle.

The 53-year-old presenter said she was greatly helped by the "good wishes and sympathy" shown by fans and Good Morning Britain viewers.

The GMB host said the kindness of strangers have helped her to remain strong over a difficult 12 months.

Whilst Derek has beaten Covid he's been unable to gain consciousness from his induced coma and is still in intensive care nearly a year after catching the virus.

He remains in a critical condition and is thought to be the UK's longest surviving Covid-19 inpatient.

Speaking to Hello! Magazine, Kate said: "In the darkest of times you can find goodness and love just when you need it most and helping each other is the only way we will get through this grimmest of times."

She added: "I've learnt about the kindness of strangers. It has been the toughest of times for me and my family, as it has for so many others and the good wishes and sympathy from viewers and listeners has really helped.

"To know so many people are thinking of me and sending love has given me hope and strength and I'm very grateful."

Meanwhile, GMB's Dr Hilary Jones has told how he is supporting his co-star during her husband's ongoing health crisis.

The TV doc, 67, told the Express he had been caring for her, saying "Of course Kate Garraway’s husband has been very poorly.

"I’ve been in contact with her quite a bit, and everybody feels very much for her and her family.”

The news anchor revealed last week that she still "can't visit or see" her husband amid the coronavirus restrictions.

She explained that she hasn't been allowed to see Derek for the past two months.

Derek and Kate married in 2005 and are mum and dad to 14-year-old Darcey as well as Billy, with the two children able to visit him in hospital shortly before Christmas for the first time.

Kate returned to Good Morning Britain last month after an extended absence.

She been balancing work duties with raising her two children while Derek remains in a serious condition in hospital.

The difficult circumstances have left Kate feeling run down and she has previously been given time to recharge at home.

"ITV gave me time off as I hadn't been feeling well," she explained.

"The chickens came home to roost after long year, and I just took some holiday at home. I had a lot of sleep and medicine and feeling much better."

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