Kate Garraway said her husband Derek had tears in his eyes after winning the National Television Award and said he “understands everything”.
The Good Morning Britain star, 54, took home the gong in the writer’s documentary category for her ITV program Finding Derek at Thursday night’s ceremony.
She confronted her husband, who is still critically ill after his battle with coronavirus, last year, shortly thereafter and he was pleased with the outcome.
Kate said: “He reacted and he had tears in his eyes, and I know he knows. And it’s a tribute to him that he wanted to go ahead with the documentary for everyone to see.”
The broadcaster also updated viewers about Derek’s condition, saying that while he still can’t communicate, he understands what’s going on.
She said: “We are very clear now that he really understands everything.
“He can’t answer like he wants to and he still can’t communicate, and it must be a desperate battle for him as it is for so many people who can’t get their thoughts out into the world.”
Derek, who has been in round-the-clock care at home since he was released from the hospital in the spring, has undergone several tests over the past week.
Kate said she spends most of her day sleeping anywhere between 20 and 24 hours a day, but she’ll have to be on the lookout for the latest investigation.
She said: “At the end of the day they were doing some very basic breathing tests, and they asked her to hold her breath and really release her breath in a special way, and I just thought ‘Wow.
“He did absolutely everything they asked of him.
“Maybe a lot of it is projection, if I’m being honest, but it really feels like that.”
Kate has previously called her awards a “bittersweet” win.
Proudly presenting her gong at the Breakfast Show last week, Kate told the audience: “Thank you so much everyone for voting, it means everything and as I said last night, it really is for everyone.” is for.
“I think the reason it did so well is because everyone has a piece of it in their lives. It’s for everyone going through the pandemic, let’s keep going and rejoice.”
She continued: “It’s very, very hard – it was bitter, last night he wasn’t good enough to come – no question of it. I was in such a daze and didn’t expect to win, I was completely on stage. But was bewildered and struggled to get my words out.”
The documentary followed Derek’s grueling battle with the coronavirus, who was hospitalized in March 2020 before spending more than a year in intensive care.
Finding Derek was a moving account of his year in the hospital as Kate continued to work at GMB while caring for their two children.
Derek’s body was ravaged by the virus, his kidneys had failed, his liver and lungs were damaged, and his heart and pancreas were damaged.