Kate Garraway thanks nurses who saved husband Derek

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Kate Garraway Thanks Nurses Who Saved Husband Derek
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By Sherna Noah, PA Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Kate Garraway has thanked the nurses who saved her husband after he was admitted to hospital with coronavirus.

Derek Draper, 53, has been in hospital, where he was placed in an induced coma, since March.

Good Morning Britain presenter Garraway was emotional as she talked to intensive care unit nurses on the ITV show.

“You are absolute heroes, you’re saviours of Derek and so many others,” she told them.

She told staff at the Whittington Hospital: “It’s so great to talk to you because I hadn’t realised that you’d actually cared for Derek when he was at the Whittington, which is when he first got sick and his life was saved by you, by all of you.

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“I’m going to get emotional now, so thank you so much.”

Garraway added: “I have never spoken to you because of course we weren’t allowed to visit…

“Thank you so much, and for all you’re doing for so many people.”

The nurses are part of a choir of NHS intensive care workers aiming for the Christmas number one, with their take on Police song Every Breath You Take.

ICU Liberty Singers want to raise funds to support the mental health and wellbeing of NHS intensive care staff.

Kate Garraway and Derek Draper (Tim Ireland/PA)

But they are not the only NHS choir aiming for the festive number one.

The NHS Choir has reunited with Justin Bieber for a special version of his track Holy, five years after Bieber and the charity fought a closely fought race for the Christmas number one.

Profits will be split between NHS Charities Together and the choir’s local NHS trust charity.

Meanwhile, mother-of-two Garraway also told viewers why she had been absent from the show recently.

“We had, outside of Derek, a little bit of a scare,” she said.

“We found out the children had come into contact with somebody – who after they came into contact with them –  tested positive for coronavirus…

“Just to be ultra cautious, we kept them at home, kept me at home, until we got negative tests,” she said.

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