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Kate Garraway says she's living 'day to day on a knife edge’ amid husband Derek's Covid fight as he remains in hospital

KATE Garraway has admitted she's living "day to day on a knife edge" as husband Derek Draper remains in hospital after his Covid battle.

Derek, 53, contracted the coronavirus in March and doctors have told Kate he might not survive the effects of the deadly bug.

The Good Morning Britain host will open up on her tragic ordeal on Gardeners' World tonight and how working on the couple's garden in lockdown with their kids Darcey and Billy has helped her to cope.

The TV presenter tells Friday's programme: "When you're living day-to-day on a knife edge, doing something that gives you a future just helps with a sense of progress, where there is actually none from the direct situation.

"It's been the most important space for us. It's been a place to find joy, hope, go a bit crazy and feel a bit unleashed in a stifling physical and emotional time that we've all lived through.

"It just gives you that sense of positive moving forward. You can't think short-term in a garden, you have to plan. You have to have hope. You have to invest in a future.

"You don't plant something unless you believe it's going to come up, so by planting something and believing Derek will see it when it comes up, that gives us a sense of future."

Kate said she would go into their garden at night when she couldn't sleep and it would help her to feel closer to Derek.

"It was rather sad because the radishes came, they're one of Derek's favourite vegetables, and we ate them and he still wasn't better," she told the BBC Two show.

"So I then thought, we've got to go more long-term, planting things that were going to take longer to bear fruit.

"And I'd say, 'Dad will be better by then'… And of course now that it's been so long, we've got a huge basket of bulbs, so that when dad comes home, the place will be full of colour."

The TV host, who has previously said shehas "real knowledge" of what Derek can see and feel and hear, talked to Gardeners' World about FaceTiming her husband in hospital from their garden in London.

"I'd sit in the garden and do that and talk about the things that he loved. It's a lovely thing to do," she said.

"It's obviously been an odd year for the world, and very directly, personally for me."

The TV presenter returned to work on Good Morning Britain in July, after three months away following Draper's admission to hospital. He remains in hospital.

She has previously told how she was warned six times that her husband, who she married in 2005, was not "going to make it" and there "are so many seeming positives and then plungings".

Gardeners' World is broadcast on Friday at 9pm on BBC Two.

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