KATE Garraway was praised by viewers tonight as she “relived” the horror of husband Derek’s Covid battle on Your Body Uncovered.
The 54-year-old met with Rozi, a grandma of 23 grandchildren, who wanted to find out why coronavirus had hit her so hard and shared her own experiences with her.
Kate Garraway appeared emotional as she discussed Derek’s situation
Rozi was shown a visualisation of her lungs
She appeared on the BBC2 show, which gives people amazing visual representations of their condition – to see what happened to her lungs.
Kate’s husband Derek caught Covid very early on the in pandemic and spent 374 days in hospital.
He is still very ill after suffering organ failure and clots on his lung. He may also never be able to walk again because the tendons and muscles in his legs have seized up from having been in an induced coma for so long.
As Kate chatted to the woman and her husband, those watching at home thought how difficult it must have been for her.
One person tweeted: “@kategarraway your face, you’re back living this with them, it must have been really difficult for you. #yourbodyuncovered.”
A second added: “Very poignant for Kate. #YourBodyUncovered.”
While a third wrote: “Looks fascinating but where the heck does dear #kategarraway get her strength/ energy from ??#YourBodyUncovered.”
Rozi, who spent 11 days in hospital, broke down in tears at the end of the episode as she was given the all clear, before telling Kate she hopes her husband, Derek, recovers from the virus too.
She said: “In the fullness of time I hope that Derek gets there too. Even if he only gets halfway it’ll be an improvement on now.”
Rozi was struck with the virus in the summer, after a holiday with her family.
She ended up being taken to hospital by her husband Jonny while struggling to breathe, and she didn’t reemerge for almost a fortnight.
She told Kate: “I never felt so bad in my life. I just thought to myself I’m never coming out of here.”
Kate said: “As I think you know my husband started getting sick at the beginning of the pandemic, when they didn’t even know the effects on the body – a lot of them, of course, we are still discovering now.
“What do you hope seeing the effect of Covid on your lungs?”
Rozi explained: “It will help me close the circle for me to be able to understand in a visual way what it was that happened to my body that made me so very sick.”
She is faced with detailed augmented reality depictions of her own lungs, created using hospital scans when her body was in the throes of a severe Covid infection.
Rozi gasped while looking at her lungs, full of bright orange “angry” Covid.
The doctor who treated her in hospital told her more than a quarter of her air sacs had filled with fluid, mucus and dead cells, which left her struggling to breathe.
Kate spoke to Rozi’s husband
The grandma was given the all clear
Kate’s husband Derek is still seriously unwell after Covid