Kate Garraway: Derek's Story reveals Kate was hospitalised while caring for husband

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27 Mar 2024, 11:20

Kate Garraway on Good Morning Britain and with her husband Derek pre-2020

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Kate Garraway suffered her own health problems while caring for her husband Derek, the couple's final documentary has revealed.

Kate Garraway: Derek’s Story aired on ITV1 last night (26th March), and told the story of Kate and Derek’s last year together before his death from complications connected to his long-standing fight against Coivd-19 in early January 2024.

During the reflective film, a producer revealed Kate was hospitalised after suffering from “pains in her chest” while she was caring for her husband during his prolonged Covid battle.

The producer, Claire, explained that Kate’s “heart scare” left the Good Morning Britain star concerned about her own health, as well as that of her husband’s.

Explaining the moment when Kate got hospitalised for her health, Claire told the documentary crew: “Kate was on her way here, and she had pains in her chest and threw up over herself in the car. 

“The phone call was like, 'Kate is in hospital' so naturally your mind goes, 'Kate is in hospital with Derek'. [But] 'No, no, no, Kate is in hospital'. Oh my god, what has gone wrong here?” Claire continued. “It was just that moment of 'Christ, even the woman who seems to go on forever, can't'.”

Kate and Derek’s final documentary also revealed how the TV presenter has been struggling financially due to her husband’s care bills. With Derek’s condition meaning he required round-the-clock care from several carers, and his continued work to improve his movement and speech also requiring the aid of speech and physiotherapists, Kate admitted the bills for his care were greater than her TV salary.

“Derek's care costs more than my salary from ITV, and that's before you've paid for a mortgage, before you've paid for any household bills, before you've paid for kids - so, we are at a crunch point,” Kate admitted in the film. 

Kate Garraway: Derek’s Story is available to watch now on ITVX.