Dr Hilary Jones urged Good Morning Britain host Kate Garraway to call 999 after a phone consultation with her husband Derek Draper sparked fears over his deteriorating health. Garraway’s husband has been battling a severe case of coronavirus since April and has been in intensive care for the past 10 weeks. Dr Hilary discussed his conversation with the GMB host after Garraway shared a heartbreaking account of her experience during her husband’s illness.
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Dr Hilary said: “He had been deteriorating, his symptoms weren’t typical of any means and Kate was worried, so of course she called a colleague at work.
“I’m very very happy to help in those situations, as I have in the past with other people. That’s what I do.
“I spoke to Kate and she was concerned about whether she should call an ambulance.
“I said, ‘Is it possible to speak to Derek?’ I spoke to Derek and I was quite concerned, just the way he was speaking and his breathlessness.”
Dr Hilary said it had taken him just a few seconds to realise Derek’s condition was serious.
He continued: “It was less than 10 seconds. I said to Kate, ‘Look, this is time to call an ambulance. He is very breathless, significantly breathless’.”
Garraway said her husband Derek did not have any of the underlying health condition as revealed his level of infection was “off the scale.”
The GMB host said she was “praying” and “hoping” her husband would pull through after being admitted to a London hospital just after the lockdown was implemented.
After revealing her husband now no longer has COVID-19, Garraway warned the damage which the illness has caused on his body remained unprecedented and admitted she was not sure when and if he would pull through.
The Good Morning Britain presenter also opened up about her fears her own illness would prevent her from being able to take care of hew two children.
Garraway said: “We think of COVID as something live, mercifully, or it takes you and I think at the beginning of this, that’s what it was like.
“Some people got it very mildly, I’ve had it,” the presenter revealed, before adding: “Mercifully mildly.
“Although, there was a couple of days when I thought, ‘My goodness, what happens if I get really sick because we’re in lockdown and it’s just me with the children’.
“I had it mercifully. Other people have it more seriously and have to go to the hospital, but mercifully recover and of course, there are other people’s lives which are taken.”
The presenter also thanked all NHS staff for the “extraordinary” work they have been doing to take care of her husband and all other COVID-19 patients across the UK.
She added: ‘It’s extraordinary how they’re getting on top of this, I can’t say enough about the nurses but it is a war.”