Kate Garraway hoping to take husband Derek Draper to NTAs next month

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Kate Garraway has revealed she is going to try and take her husband Derek Draper to the National Television Awards next month as they have been shortlisted for Authored Documentary.

The 54 year old made the documentary, Finding Derek, about her husband's battle with coronavirus and subsequent complications from the illness which saw him spend over a year in hospital.

Derek, also 54, returned home in April with the Good Morning Britain presenter now revealing hopes he can join her at the award ceremony.

Her ITV breakfast show co-host Charlotte Hawkins said: "Something that we must mention is, because obviously, you have first hand experience of dealing with the aftermath of coronavirus and what that can mean for someone with Derek and your family.

"Congratulations to you because your authored documentary Kate Garraway: Finding Derek has been shortlisted for a National Television Award and very well deserved."

Kate replied: "I didn't know until I saw it in the papers this morning. It's wonderful, such a great thing for the production company and for Derek.

"I was just thinking, I was looking, is the ceremony on 9 September? I think it is, I was thinking wouldn't it be wonderful if Derek was well enough to come? Wouldn't it be wonderful?

"I was trying to work out the dates and see the logistics of how that might work."

She continued: "There's some brilliant people in the category who have made some fantastic documentaries, I don't think for a moment we'll win but it would just be so lovely for him to be there. I'll start planning how that might work."

Kate will fight off fierce competition from fellow celebrities for their own documentaries, with Katie Price: Harvey and Me, Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain's Children, Rob Burrow: My Year With MND and Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency making up the rest of the category.

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Earlier this month, Kate gave an update on Derek's recovery, admitting he has "a long way to go."

Speaking with GMB's resident doctor Dr Amir Khan, she said: "I know Derek is an extreme example, but there are more Long Covid symptoms emerging.

"All the time there are more issues. Initially it was exhaustion but more are presenting."

Dr Amir agreed: "Yes that's absolutely right and the symptoms can be mild in some people and severe in others.

"It's thought it is caused by this over immune response to the virus that create these antibodies long after the virus is cleared, these antibodies then star attacking normal tissue which gives you these symptoms.

"Treatment options are still being discovered, and while we're waiting there isn't much we can do because we don't really know what the treatments are yet so it's really really tough."

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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