Broadcaster Kate Garraway, whose husband is in hospital battling complications from coronavirus, has said he may be "minimum state of consciousness" for years.
The Good Morning Britain presenter told Hello! magazine that her husband Derek Draper, who has been in hospital for the past 98 days battling Covid-19, has emerged from a deep coma into a minimum state of consciousness.
She said: "We're keeping positive and doing everything we can to bring him round. The children and I communicate with him every day on FaceTime, while a nurse holds his iPad."
Doctors have warned that while there are encouraging signs that he can hear, he still remains verbally unresponsive and could remain in his current state for a long period of time.
Garraway, who "waits at the end of the phone 24/7 for an update" on her husband's condition, said doctors have advised her to go back to work.
"The children and Derek are all I've thought about and they're the most important people in my life, but I must create structure and normality for the children, to clean the bath, put the plates in the dishwasher, and tidy the house.
We need your consent to load this Instagram contentWe use Instagram to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences
"I also need to get back to work so that I can provide for the children and we can do things together, to make them feel that the light hasn't gone out of their lives, that there’s hope for the future.
She added: "Billy starts secondary school in September, but Derek's doctors say he won't be out of hospital by then.
"My priority is to make the children feel safe, not to let them see me feeling vulnerable in the world where Derek was my rock,"