Susanna Reid says Kate Garraway’s ‘done Derek proud’ as her 'beautiful' book about coping with his illness is released

SUSANNA Reid told Kate Garraway she's "done Derek proud" as her book about coping with her husband's illness is released today.

Good Morning Britain star Kate has documented the entirety of Derek's coronavirus battle and its subsequent complications in The Power of Hope.

After the broadcaster shared her relief to see it in print, her co-star Susanna said: "I managed to have a speed read of it this morning. Beautiful book."

The duo joked there are plenty of pictures for Ben Shephard to enjoy, before Susanna added: "Absolutely love it. You've done Derek proud."

The emotional book details the very beginning of Derek's illness in March 2020 when the couple initially thought he had sinusitis.

His condition deteriorated, prompting Kate to call Dr Hilary Jones who urged her to phone an ambulance immediately.

Tests carried out at hospital confirmed Derek had coronavirus, and he was soon put into an induced coma after struggling to breathe.

Yesterday Kate revealed Derek can still barely talk nearly a month after returning home from hospital.

The TV presenter, 53, praised her children as her “heroes” for adapting so well as their dad continues to recover.


Speaking on Radio 2 to Zoe Ball, she explained how Darcey, 15, and Billy, 11, had found his return after a year of being in intensive care.

She said: “He isn’t really able to speak at the moment so he can’t tell them off.

"I have to be the bad guy! They are my heroes.



"They know instinctively how to talk to him but not ask too much from him.”

She said Derek, also 53, needs “24-hour care” but added: “The hope is he will be able to progress.”

The Sun revealed that Kate — who has bravely continued working throughout much of her husband’s illness — has spent thousands of pounds adapting their home for his return.

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