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Kate Garraway has revealed she was left shocked when someone suggested she had the option to dump her poorly husband Derek.
Derek has been battling coronavirus for the past 12 months and remains in a critical decision.
And although Kate’s husband no longer has Covid, the 53-year-old’s body has been ravaged by the illness and he’s still not out of the woods.
He suffered heart and kidney failure – and lost a seriously-worrying eight-stone in weight.
"Somebody said to me the other day, 'You are allowed to say 'this isn't what I signed up for' and get out'," admitted Kate, speaking in tonight’s heartbreaking ITV documentary Kate Garraway: Finding Derek.
"And I was like, 'Oh my god.' I mean, I know they meant it weirdly kindly, as if almost giving me license. But I said, 'I can't think that! He's in there!'"
Derek sadly told Kate in a tear-jerking scene that he couldn’t go on having suffered so much pain because of the disease.
But a resilient Kate, who shows her true bravery and strength in the intimate family film, does everything she can to reassure her husband of nearly 16 years that he will recover and one day leave hospital after being bed-ridden for a year.
"You don't know how to cope with it. OK. I know you feel like you’re trapped in your head and it's terrifying,” reacted Good Morning Britain presenter Kate.
"But you’re coming home, you're coming back to your life and you will be the person, even better than you were before. You will be.
GMB fans in tears as Kate Garraway opens up on Derek's worst moments
"I will find a way to make it better. I promised you that I would save you and I'm going to save you, I will find a way, but you just have to hang in there."
In the film Derek is described as having the worst Covid infection of any living patient.
But Kate and her two children, Darcey, 15, and William, 11, are understandably desperate for Derek to come home.
And speaking to William, Kate admits: "Well you know that we're hoping aren't we that dad will get better and better, but when he comes home, he will probably need to be in a wheelchair. So we're trying to make it so that he can do all this.
“And if I have to give up work to care for him, then it's best to do it now, while I'm earning money. If he needs 24-hour care.
“I will be the primary carer. I have a fear of the reality of that life.
"It's a completely different dynamic to our relationship.”
*Kate Garraway: Finding Derek airs tonight at 9pm on ITV
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