Kate Garraway appears in a cheery mood as she gives a friendly wave on the way to work

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Kate Garraway appeared in cheery mood as she arrived for work at Smooth Radio in London on Tuesday. 

The GMB presenter, 53, gave a friendly wave as she headed into the studios, a day after revealing husband Derek’s ‘breakthrough’ moment when he spoke his first word since emerging from a coma.

Derek has remained in intensive care for the past seven months after contracting coronavirus in March. 

Friendly wave: Kate Garraway appeared in cheery mood as she arrived for work at Smooth Radio in London on Tuesday

Friendly wave: Kate Garraway appeared in cheery mood as she arrived for work at Smooth Radio in London on Tuesday

Kate, who arrived by motorbike, nailed winter chic in a red tartan minidress and opaque tights. 

She complemented the look with a tailored wool coat and black chunky kitten heels.

The television host certainly had her hands full as she lugged a collection of shopper bags into the studios.  

Back to work: The GMB presenter, 53, headed into the studios, a day after revealing the 'breakthrough' moment her husband Derek spoke his first word since emerging from a coma.

Back to work: The GMB presenter, 53, headed into the studios, a day after revealing the ‘breakthrough’ moment her husband Derek spoke his first word since emerging from a coma.

Stylish: Kate nailed winter chic in a red tartan minidress and opaque tights

Stylish: Kate nailed winter chic in a red tartan minidress and opaque tights

Bundled up: She complemented the look with a tailored wool coat and black chunky kitten heels

Busy day: The television host certainly had her hands full as she lugged a collection of shopper bags into the studios

Bundled up: She complemented the look with a tailored wool coat and black chunky kitten heels

On Good Morning Britain on Monday, Kate fought back tears as she recalled how husband Derek, 53, spoke his first word since emerging from a coma. 

The Good Morning Britain presenter revealed Draper appeared to mouth the word ‘pain’ when asked by nurses if he was in any discomfort.

While Kate said it was ‘heartbreaking’ he was suffering, it marked progress in his recovery since being struck down with coronavirus in March.

Arriving in style: Kate arrived via a motorbike and wore a long black mac to protect her from the rain

Helping hand: Her driver helped her take off the raincoat

Arriving in style: Kate arrived via a motorbike and wore a long black mac to protect her from the rain

Chatting away: The presenter chatted to her driver as she arrived at the studios

Chatting away: The presenter chatted to her driver as she arrived at the studios

Keeping warm: Kate wore a large jacket over her chic coat for the journey

Keeping warm: Kate wore a large jacket over her chic coat for the journey 

But Kate is ‘keeping herself in check’ and said: ‘The power of hope is huge but you’re constantly trying to think, at what point do I have to start being real.’ 

Speaking to GMB from west London, she said: ‘Way back in April when we chatted for the first time and I said “look he seems to have survives so far, so I know I already have my miracle”. 

‘But now I’m praying for the second miracle and that is for him to come back to us. It’s very difficult because this could be it. I’m very much trying to keep myself in check, not start crying, because we still don’t know.’

Kate explained that throughout 53-year-old Draper’s hospitalisation, doctors and nurses have continued treating him as if conscious, telling him when they were about to move him and asking if he were in any pain.

She recalled: ‘And they did this, and he very clearly mouthed the word “pain”. Everybody that was there stopped and couldn’t believe it.’ 

The TV presenter added: ‘It is a huge breakthrough, obviously it’s heartbreaking because he feels pain and that’s not what we want….

‘What it means is that he’s been able to connect a sensation in his body, with his mouth through his brain to say the word “pain”. 

But she said: ‘I’ve spoken to you both before about is he still in there, is he locked away. I believe he is still in there. That’s a long way from being Derek with all his multiple words of colour with all the love, but it’s a start.

‘The power of hope is huge but you’re constantly trying to think, at what point do I have to start being real 

She said there was ‘still a long road to go and we still don’t know how far down that road he can come’. 

Battle: Kate fought back tears as she recalled the 'breakthrough' moment her husband Derek spoke his first word since emerging from a coma (pictured with Derek in December 2019)

Battle: Kate fought back tears as she recalled the ‘breakthrough’ moment her husband Derek spoke his first word since emerging from a coma (pictured with Derek in December 2019)

A timeline of Derek’s coronavirus battle  

MARCH  

Kate revealed she and Prince Charles had got ‘relatively close’ at the Prince’s Trust Awards on March 11 – Charles was diagnosed with coronavirus in mid-March.  

She said: ‘Around the 29/30 March, I came home came in and said [to Derek] ‘god you look ill.’

 ‘He said he had a headache, numbness in his right hand, and was struggling to breathe,

‘I rang Dr Hilary (Jones) and tried to get through, he talked to Derek. He said put me back on, I think you need to call an ambulance’

Derek, 52, was taken into hospital on March 30 and remained in an unresponsive condition. 

APRIL  

Kate and her children isolated at home after she displayed ‘mild symptoms’.

Kate said: ‘Derek remains in intensive care and is still very ill. I’m afraid it remains an excruciatingly worrying time.

‘I’m afraid he is still in a deeply critical condition, but he is still here, which means there is hope.’ 

MAY 

Kate said: ‘The journey for me and my family seems to be far from over as every day my heart sinks as I learn new and devastating ways this virus has more battles for Derek to fight. 

‘But he is still HERE & so there is still hope.’

That month, Kate and her family took part in the final clap for carers

She said: ‘I’ll never give up on that because Derek’s the love of my life but at the same time I have absolute uncertainty’

JUNE 

On June 5, Kate revealed Derek is now free from coronavirus but continues to fight against the damage inflicted on his body

JULY 

On July 5, Kate revealed Derek has woken from his coma but he remains in a serious yet critical condition.

On July 8, she announced she would be returning to GMB, after being urged by doctors to ‘get on with life’ during Derek’s recovery.   

She added that Derek had ‘opened his eyes’ after waking from his coma, but has been told his recovery could take years.  

On July 13, Kate returned to GMB for the first time since Derek was hospitalised.    

On July 28, Kate revealed she’d paid an ‘extra emotional’ first visit to Derek, and admitted she’s ‘frustrated’ by his slow progress.

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