The Good Morning Britain star was spotted at the Global radio studios for her Smooth show and seemed in good spirits as she waved at photographers just days after discussing her partner’s condition.
Wearing a facemask, Kate looked ready for spring in a floral skirt and red leather jacket as she carried a couple of bags and let herself in.
The 53-year-old presenter had revealed her fears that Derek may not have ‘any kind of life again’ after his condition deteriorated when she wasn’t able to visit him.
Speaking to The Times, she explained that her husband had been improving towards the end of 2020 but – since new restrictions brought into force in December meant visiting was no longer allowed – he has regressed.
She said: ‘The very worst moment was when they said he could be locked in for ever. And I just thought, this is a horror story.
‘I don’t know if he’ll ever have any kind of life again. We just don’t know. The change in his body is shocking.’
Derek has been in hospital for a year since catching Covid-19 and has been left with several complications including his kidneys failing, damage to his liver and pancreas, his heart stopping multiple times and being left with holes in his heart, plus bacterial pneumonia and other infections which have left holes in his lungs.
Kate revealed that doctors had told her it is ‘highly unlikely’ that Derek would make a good recovery, but could make a ‘reasonable recovery’, which they described as ‘being able to hold a hairbrush’ by himself.
Kate had renovated their home to install ramps and wheelchair access by widening the doorways but says the latest lockdown caused his condition to deteriorate ‘dramatically’.
She adds: ‘He’d been in hospital for nearly a year and I do wonder if he’s become institutionalised. I wonder if there’s a little bit of emotional lockdown going on.’
Kate has written about their ordeal in her upcoming book, The Power of Hope, which is released on April 29, and fans will get to see Derek’s struggle first hand in her documentary, Kate Garraway: Finding Derek, which will air on March 23 at 9pm on ITV.
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