Kate Garraway ‘willing Derek on’ in bedside vigil after Covid-stricken husband suffers heart attack before Christmas | The Sun

KATE Garraway is 'willing Derek on' in a 24-7 bedside vigil after he suffered a huge heart attack just before Christmas.

The brave family have come together to pray for "fighter" Derek, 56, after he was taken seriously ill last Monday.

Wife Kate has since cancelled all TV and radio presenting while she supports her husband who is "fighting for his life" once again, after a Covid infection in 2020 sparked years of heartbreaking health battles.

A source told The Sun last night: "Kate is by his side 24 hours a day and is willing him on to win this latest battle for his life.

"Kate has been utterly incredible — by his side while being an amazing mum to Darcey and Billy, and trying to manage their expectations of a family Christmas.”

The dad-of two was rushed to hospital in March 2020 where he spent 214 days on a ventilator, nearly four months in an induced coma and lost eight stone as well as his ability to speak properly.

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After he moved back home in April 2021, Derek required round the clock care and was rushed back to hospital with "life-threatening" sepsis in August the following year.

He was struck down with more ill-health in the following months and suffered a huge heart attack just last week.

Friends and family are aware of his worsening condition.

“Everyone is praying for a miracle," the source explained.

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“Derek suffered a massive heart attack earlier this week which has left him fighting for his life all over again.

“It was sudden and a shock as he had been doing so well and was in great spirits, looking forward to Christmas at home with the family.

“This setback has been a huge blow for his family and all the people  caring for him.

“Derek has fought so many times, and always, against all odds, come out the other side."

Kate has revealed the struggles of daily life in two critically acclaimed documentaries.

She showed how she often wakes up every few hours to help carers move Derek, and how she will wash his bed sheets multiple times a day.

Last February, The Sun revealed the couple had secretly travelled to Mexico to try a medical trial in the hopes it could improve Derek's condition.

Derek’s three-year struggle

ARCH 30, 2020: Derek is rushed unresponsive to hospital with Covid.

APRIL 24: He is put into an induced coma.

JUNE 5: Kate reveals Derek is Covid free but his body suffered damage.

JULY 5: He awakens from a deep coma but remains “minimally conscious”.

SEPTEMBER 6: Kate then reveals Derek lost eight stone and cannot speak.

SEPTEMBER 29: Becomes the longest-suffering Covid patient after spending 184 days in hospital.

OCTOBER 30: Wakes from coma and speaks for first time in seven months.

OCTOBER 31: He is finally taken off ventilator after 214 days in hospital.

JANUARY 7, 2021: Kate reveals kids got to visit Derek atChristmas — the first time since he was hospitalised.

APRIL 9: Derek returns home after over a year, but needs full-time care.

MAY 4: He is able to converse more.

DECEMBER 22: Pictured in public for the first time at a panto.

FEBRUARY 21, 2022: Kate says they secretly flew to Mexico for medical trial.

JULY 6: Derek is rushed back into hospital.

AUGUST 1: He is in intensive care with “life-threatening” sepsis.

JUNE 28, 2023: He sees wife Kate made MBE.

OCTOBER 8: Kate reveals Derek is “not doing great” after an infection.

NOVEMBER 23: In hospital for treatment to help with movement.

DECEMBER 11: Taken ill and suffers heart attack.

The dad-of-two spent 214 days in hospital after being struck down by Covid in 2020

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