Kate Garraway wanted to donate her blood to save desperately ill husband Derek Draper

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Kate Garraway has revealed that had offered to donate blood to her husband Derek Draper when he became seriously ill with coronavirus.

But the 53-year-old Good Morning Britain host was told it was too risky at the time.

On the breakfast show, Kate explained: "When Derek was very seriously affected by the virus, when the virus was active in him towards the end of April, I was looking at anything to help and I said to doctors could I donate my blood? I've had it, would antibodies I've had be helpful to him who's really struggling to shake the virus off?

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"And they said 'we are months away from being able to be confident to clean your blood enough to make sure only good antibodies are going in.'"

Since then he has received the treatment, Kate added: "We know plasma has been really helpful and more recently Derek has had plasma exchange to try and support cleaning up of the system."

Studio doctor Amir Khan backed the convalescent plasma therapy citing the positive effect it had on the Spanish flu pandemic in the early 1900s.

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When it comes to the coronavirus, it is classed as an experimental treatment but health organisations around the world are asking for plasma donations.

It is hoped the blood from people who have had the disease will help seriously ill people recover or at the very least stop them from getting worse.

This comes after Kate admitted she’s “desperate” for a step forward in Derek’s recovery.

The 52-year-old continues to battle the aftermath of the virus in intensive care and emotional Kate revealed her husband is "stable" but his condition has not improved in recent weeks.

Talking to co-host Ben Shepherd, Kate said: "It was quite a tough visit yesterday, he has had a tough couple of weeks, and it's frustrating.

"It's Billy's actual birthday today so I think I was extra emotional, because you think about the day he was born and Derek's involvement and how much Derek would have liked to have been present, so it was very emotional."

"But what the doctor said to me is, 'Sometimes, Kate, a day where nothing has gone backwards and nothing has gone wrong is a positive one'.

"So it's a stable day, but I am desperate for a step forward.

"But it's always lovely to see him so it's wonderful to have the chance to do that,” she added.

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