“The important thing is, is we’re back on the right side of it now,” she said as she returned to GMB after a three-week absence.
Kate Garraway opened up about her husband Derek Draper’s recent hospitalization and revealed he had “life-threatening sepsis.”
After a three-week absence, the Good Morning Britain host returned to the ITV breakfast show on Monday and explained why she had “dramatically disappeared.”
Derek became seriously ill with Covid in March 2020, and while he is now free of the virus, he has suffered long-term organ damage and requires daily care.
He had been “in and out” of the hospital in recent months, “looking for ways to deal with the damage caused by Covid,” but then developed a “very severe” case of sepsis, which occurs when the body overreacts to an infection and begins to damage its own tissues and organs.
Speaking to co-host Richard Madeley, Kate said: “We haven’t really had any sort of medical eruptions, and then he just was really unwell.
“He’d come out of the hospital the day before and [I] got a phone call from the person who was looking after him saying, ‘right, we’re really worried, so I whizzed home, and it just sort of went ‘boom’ from there.”
She continued: “So it was really dramatic; brilliant work by the A&E, absolutely extraordinary because when you’ve got sepsis, the big challenge is (to) find the source of the infection quickly and get the right antibiotics and his blood pressure was so low…”.
Having ruled out her husband having Covid-19 again, she said: “I did wonder if it was a urine infection but weirdly, we couldn’t get anything for a sample and they just went ‘kidneys’?
“And it was one of those questions that were so different from all the technical, it’s just like ‘what was in your mind?’ and I said that and it made them look at each other (and) say kidneys and unfortunately his kidneys were really badly infected, blocked.
“The challenge now is to save them, so that’s where we’ve been for the last three weeks.
“He’s still in hospital, not in intensive care, waiting for another procedure, looking really good.
“So fingers crossed on everything and particularly one kidney looking really good, just need to look at the other one, and so yeah, he’s still in (a) high dependency (unit).”
Kate added that it was “not clear yet really exactly why he’s only developed this, probably due to Covid, but that’s to come. The important thing is, is we’re back on the right side of it now.”
Throughout Derek’s health issues, the daytime star has been candid in updating the public on his condition, and in 2021, he won a National Television Award for the documentary Kate Garraway: Finding Derek.