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Kate Garraway devastatingly broke down in tears as she discussed her husband Derek Draper saying his first word since being diagnosed with coronavirus.
The 53 year old's husband was admitted to hospital back in March, and has become the country's longest surviving coronavirus patient still receiving coronavirus treatment.
Good Morning Britain host Kate announced on Friday that Derek had uttered his first word since being placed into an induced coma on Friday, when he whispered "pain" as doctors asked if he could feel anything.
Although heartbroken that his first word was "pain", Kate spoke to her co-hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid about the moment that she realised she shouldn't give up hope.
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Speaking on Monday's episode of the ITV breakfast show, she said: "It's very difficult because this could be it, but I'm also trying to keep myself very much in check and not start crying and everything because we still don't know.
"What's happened is that he has, during the course of it the whole medical teams that have done such incredible work to keep him with us, have always been very respectful and talked to him as if he can hear everything, as I have, as the children have, as his mum and dad have.
"We've kept on talking to him and they said, 'right, we're just going to move your arm, we're just going to move your leg,' because obviously that's part of the process so that he doesn't seize up.
"Every time they say, 'let us know if you've got any discomfort, let us know if you've got any pain', and they did this and he very cleared mouth the word 'pain'.
"There wasn't a note, there was a little bit of a whisper. Everybody that was there stopped and couldn't believe it and tried to get him to do it again. Later I was watching and I saw him mouthing it again."
As she began to tear up, Kate continued: "It is a huge breakthrough because, even though it is heartbreaking that he feels pain, what it means is that he's been able to connect a sensation in his body with his brain and connect that to his mouth to shape the word pain. That says a lot.
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"I've talked to you both before about my fears, is he in there?, is he trapped in? I believe he is there, and that's a start. It's a long way from being Derek with all his multiple words of many colour, it's a long way from all of that, it's a start."
The former I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star added: "The power of hope is huge, but you're also trying to think at what point do I have to start being real as well? When is hope still real?
"This is a huge thing, and I think the teams working on him were pretty emotional too because it's a tangible thing."
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Heartbreakingly, she continued to say: "I was getting scared, I was thinking if it's hard for me, what is it like for him trapped in there?
"I was getting scared about whether he might be giving up, but it feels like a fight for him. He's been able to fight out of this to utter the word 'pain'."
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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