Health & Fitness: Kate Garraway praises husband Derek Draper's 'extraordinary spirit'

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Kate Garraway returned to social media on Sunday to praise husband Derek Draper for battling back from an 'unexpected and frightening' turn that left him fighting for his life.

The presenter took a leave of absence from Good Morning Britain in order to be by her ailing husband's side following his hospitalisation three weeks ago, but confirmed she will be back from Monday morning.

Taking to Instagram, Kate, 54, admitted Derek - who was stricken with COVID-19 during the first weeks of the global pandemic - had been readmitted to intensive care after falling gravely ill.

  Kate Garraway praises husband Derek Draper's 'extraordinary spirit' © Provided by Daily Mail Concern: Kate Garraway returned to social media on Sunday to reveal husband Derek Draper has been 'fighting for his life' after taking an 'unexpected and frightening' turn for the worst © Provided by Daily Mail Concern: Kate Garraway returned to social media on Sunday to reveal husband Derek Draper has been 'fighting for his life' after taking an 'unexpected and frightening' turn for the worst

Addressing the issue for the first time since her departure from MB, she wrote: 'Thank you so so much for all your messages of support - they really do mean the world to me & the whole family.

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'I have taken some time off @gmb @smoothradio & in the last 3 weeks as Derek’s health took an unexpected & frightening turn for the worse that landed him back in intensive care & fighting for his life - again.'

She added: 'Thanks to the amazing nhs teams & his own extraordinary life force & spirit Derek - please god - is back on the right side of it now and Im so looking forward to seeing you all back on @gmb from 6 a.m tomorrow & @smoothradio from 6 a.m tomorrow & - hopefully celebrating @lionesses #worldcup win! Love & see you in the morning!'

She accompanied her message with a photo of herself, Derek and the couple's two children, Darcy 16, and William, 12.

Absent: The presenter took a leave of absence from Good Morning Britain in order to be by her ailing husband's side following his hospitalisation three weeks ago © Provided by Daily Mail Absent: The presenter took a leave of absence from Good Morning Britain in order to be by her ailing husband's side following his hospitalisation three weeks ago

Sources close to Kate told the Daily Mail that the mother of two 'has a lot on caring for him', and has decided to step back from her TV and radio roles following his admittance to hospital in July.

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She revealed at the time that Derek was back in hospital after suffering a 'downturn', but added she was 'keeping her fingers crossed' that his health could improve, two years after contracting Covid.

Earlier this month Kate admitted she was taking things 'day by day' after Derek was re-admitted to hospital, telling The Sun: 'He's been in hospital a couple of months now. He's been coming in and out.

'Hopefully he'll come out again. Hopefully tonight. I'm crossing my fingers. I'm really tired but I take it day by day to level out the ups and downs.'

On July 6 Kate revealed that Derek, who has required round-the-clock care since he contracted coronavirus in March 2020, had returned to a medical facility, insisting he was 'OK'.

Ordeal: The presenter, 54, has been forced to extend her time away from presenting the show to be at Derek's bedside as he remains in hospital (pictured in Caring For Derek) © Provided by Daily Mail Ordeal: The presenter, 54, has been forced to extend her time away from presenting the show to be at Derek's bedside as he remains in hospital (pictured in Caring For Derek)

Last month Kate admitted she was feeling 'exhausted and fretful' as Derek continued to go in and out of hospital.

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In May, she also missed a week of hosting Good Morning Britain following 'urgent' issues at home.

Kate previously detailed how her children have had to 'relearn' how to be around their dad amid his continued health struggles.

Derek returned home from hospital in April 2021 after a year-long battle and still requires round-the-clock care in the midst of his lengthy recovery.

Pulling out: Kate (pictured on GMB on July 7) is also thought to have pulled out of hosting her mid-morning show on Smooth FM © Provided by Daily Mail Pulling out: Kate (pictured on GMB on July 7) is also thought to have pulled out of hosting her mid-morning show on Smooth FM United: Derek has required round-the-clock care since leaving hospital in April 2021, after first contracting Covid in March 2020 (pictured with Kate in 2007) © Provided by Daily Mail United: Derek has required round-the-clock care since leaving hospital in April 2021, after first contracting Covid in March 2020 (pictured with Kate in 2007)

Kate recently admitted she hopes to take Derek to Buckingham Palace to pick up her MBE.

She said: 'I do feel there's room for celebration, though, and my hope is that if we do eventually have a ceremony, Derek will be further along in his recovery and we can go together. That would be wonderful.

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Worrying: On July 6 Kate revealed that Derek had returned to a medical facility after suffering a 'downturn' © Provided by Daily Mail Worrying: On July 6 Kate revealed that Derek had returned to a medical facility after suffering a 'downturn'

'In many ways, we're still learning how we are as man and wife, as so much has changed.

'It's the same for the children – they're having to relearn the experience of being with their dad. And, of course, the biggest learning is for poor Derek.'

Kate previously admitted that if left unaided for over three days, Derek could die.

He is bed-stricken, with Kate doing much of the caring herself as she insists she won't 'ever give up on him'.

Ongoing process: The Good Morning Britain host as previously detailed how her children Darcy 17, and William, 12, have had to 'relearn' how to be around their dad © Provided by Daily Mail Ongoing process: The Good Morning Britain host as previously detailed how her children Darcy 17, and William, 12, have had to 'relearn' how to be around their dad

Elsewhere in the chat, the presenter also spoke about trying to find the joy in the little moments in life after everything that's happened.

She explained: 'I try to live in the moment more than ever before. I'll send an email and think, 'Okay, I've sent the email. I can't do anything more about that now, so I'm just going to look out the window and notice how pretty the sky is.'

'I really try to seize those moments because when you do, you realise that life is just a collection of moments – and finding more good ones than bad ones is probably the secret to it all.'

Struggles: Derek returned home from hospital in April 2021 after a year-long battle and still requires round-the-clock care in the midst of his lengthy recovery © Provided by Daily Mail Struggles: Derek returned home from hospital in April 2021 after a year-long battle and still requires round-the-clock care in the midst of his lengthy recovery Read more

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