Kate Garraway told Derek will never make full recovery if he doesn’t improve in two years
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After a lengthy and gruelling battle with Coronavirus, Kate Garraway has revealed that if husband Derek doesn't show improvement in the next two years, then he never will.
The Good Morning Britain host, who headed to Cornwall recently with her children, was told the news by a doctor, who said that "there is very little chance of him making any meaningful recovery" if there isn't a change within that time.
Kate, 54, and her two children Darcey, 15, and William, 11, were left devastated when Derek was rushed to hospital in March 2020 after his body reacted badly to the virus.
Derek finally returned home earlier this year but he needs round-the-clock care as he recovers from the effects of what the virus has done to his body.
According to Daily Star, Kate said that Derek's neurologist told her that "time and waiting are your friends" because he "had never seen anything like this before so can't personally chart the recovery."
When she pushed the doctor, who she affectionately calls Dr W, the presenter was left shocked by the answer.
Writing in her new book, the Power of Hope, she explained: "I had already waited so long. 'How long before you know more? Not how long will it take for him to recover, because you don't know if he can recover, but how long before you might know more?'
"It was a confusing question, but I knew what I meant and he seemed to as well.
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"After a long pause, he looked straight at me, then away. 'Well, Kate' – the first time he had used my name – 'I think it's fair to say if he is still like this after two years we will know there is very little chance of him making any meaningful recovery.
"TWO YEARS!" I screamed inside my head."
The mum-of-two went on to admit that for the duration of Derek's battle, she had been living life according to her husband's health.
She continued: "Up until now I had been living by the minute, hours on the phone monitoring infection levels and statistics, trying to handle on where Derek was, wondering every time I went to sleep if he would still be alive in the morning."
Kate went on to question if she could "go on like this for another two years" and said the doctor explained Derek had moved to the chronic phase from the acute phrase.
"Even if he can live, and begin to recover from the huge damage Covid has wreaked throughout his body, it's not going to be quick," he had said.
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