Kate Garraway reaches out to GMB guest whose husband is in similar condition to Derek
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Kate Garraway said her "heart went out to" a guest on Good Morning Britain on Friday, who is experiencing a similar situation to her.
Julie Laviniere appeared on the show live on Friday alongside her husband Steve's twin brother Bobby Laviniere and his wife Sylma – with them hoping to raise awareness of the long-term effects catching coronavirus can have on someone
Kate's husband Derek Draper remains in hospital after contracting coronavirus in March, with him left in a coma for months.
Derek now suffers with prolonged effects of Covid-19, including a "prolonged disorder of consciousness".
Julie's husband remains in a similar state to Derek, after Steve and his twin brother both caught the virus earlier this year, and were both left on ventilators.
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But while Bobby has recovered quite quickly, his identical twin brother Steve was more affected by the virus and still suffers with long-term issues.
Julie broke down as she recalled her "horrendous" experience with Steve's recovery, with doctors still unaware if he will fully recover.
As he remains minimally conscious, Julie explained that most of his body is recovering – after the virus caused multiple organ failure and other complications.
Kate's husband Derek has experienced similar severe complications, with his condition ever-changing and him remaining in a minimal state of consciousness too.
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As Julie shared her story and became emotional over the ordeal, Kate reached out to her and offered her support.
She said: "Julie, my heart goes out to you it's horrific for all of you. Mercifully Bobby has recovered but Steve is still seriously affected."
Referencing her own experience with Derek, she went on – as Steve's twin Bobby said everyone was baffled over why they experienced the virus differently: "They don’t know do they Bobby.
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"One of the things that has been apparent for me and obviously to you, this isn't a disease or virus that affects just the lungs. It's affected all across Steve's body hasn't it with multiple organ failure."
Julie then explained how Steve was doing well after this, but remained unable to communicate.
Bobby said how doctors believe coronavirus has "blown genetics away" and "overtaken" them, with it being something they haven't faced before.
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Julie revealed they still didn't no long-term if he will recover, but they remain hopeful.
Kate told Julie and Bobby that she would stay in contact with them to find out how Steve was getting on.
She then explained to co-host Ben Shephard how hearing she isn't alone with her situation gave her hope, while it was understandably horrible to know what they were going through.
Kate said: "It can feel very isolating," adding not being able to visit makes the situation harder.
She added: "It's not good to hear that they are going through it, but it is nice to hear their positivity."
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.