KATE Garraway is constantly on tenterhooks about whether her husband Derek Draper will ever leave hospital.
The 53-year-old star told The Sun earlier this month that Derek had mouthed the word "pain" after 214 days in intensive care with the life-threatening disease.
And now her close friend weather presenter Clare Nasir has admitted that the "uncertainty" over her husband's health is "eating her alive".
"Kate is a warrior and she'll do what she has to do to get through this," Clare told Closer magazine.
"This is someone who isn't fazed by interviewing the Prime Minister or victims of child abuse, because she can relate to everybody and has the mental capacity to cope.
"She’s incredibly resilient. Some people would've crumbled by now, but this is going to make her stronger."
She added: "Her priority is to keep her kids' lives as normal as possible.
"The uncertainty eats her alive, but she doesn't want that to transition to them.
"She's doing an amazing job of keeping them buoyant and positive.
"They're doing amazingly well – they all have that inner Garraway strength, which has sustained Kate over so many months."
Earlier this month Kate shared her "hope" as she thanked fans for their "wonderful messages" after she revealed her husband Derek had said his first word amid his coronavirus battle.
The TV presenter opened up some more on Good Morning Britain, and she shared a clip from the interview to her Instagram page this evening.
Kate captioned the post: "Thank you so much for all your wonderful wonderful messages – ?????????"
She then poignantly added the hashtag: "#hope @gmb".
In the clip that she had shared, Kate said of Derek: "He very clearly mouthed the word pain, there wasn't a note but there was a little bit of a whisper.
"It's a huge breakthrough, because even though it's heartbreaking as it means he feels pain, which we don't want, I believe he's still in there – and that's a start.
"That's a long way from being Derek, but I was getting scared he might be giving up. It feels like a fight for him, he's been able to fight out of this."
Also on Good Morning Britain, saddened Kate revealed that her family car had been stolen from outside of their house.
Her furious pal Piers Morgan raged at the time: "Let me get this straight. Some little scumbag or scumbags have come to your house and stolen your car when you're going through what you're going through.
"It is absolutely disgusting. If you know someone who has this car…It makes me puke that someone has done this."
He then pleaded with viewers to help reunite Kate with the car, as she admitted it was yet another horrifying blow for her and her children, 14-year-old Darcey and 11-year-old Billy, amid a difficult year.
Derek is the UK's longest surviving Covid-19 patient after being rushed to ICU in March of this year.
Earlier this month, Kate told how Derek can finally breathe on his own after seven months in intensive care, with coronavirus ravaging his lungs, heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas.
Derek has also been confirmed as type one diabetic – despite not having diabetes before covid, and remains in a form of coma called PDOC (Prolonged Disorder of Consciousness).
Kate told The Sun that she feels like she's hanging over a cliff-edge yelling "don't let go" as she attempts to pull Derek back after his breakthrough.
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