Kate Garraway's husband Derek Draper has said his heartbreaking first word 214 days after his battle with coronavirus begun.

The Good Morning Britain presenter was watching from home over FaceTime as doctors tended to Derek in hospital and he mouthed the word "pain".

It was the first word Derek, 53, has uttered since March.

Kate told The Sun: "It’s a case of trying to balance belief, hope, optimism with reality.

"But we have had a breakthrough which was both amazing yet ­heartbreaking.

"It happened when the nurses were moving Derek, as part of his treatment, to trigger the sensation of gravity because he's been horizontal for so long."

Derek has uttered his first word since March

Derek's tracheotomy tube has been removed and he is now able to breathe without a ventilator, but sadly, it seems Derek is still in a lot of pain.

Doctors were moving his body around to prevent him from seizing up when he said the word.

Kate said that right from the beginning of his battle against Covid-19, doctors and nurses have spoken to Derek in a respectful way while caring for him, even when he was unable to open his eyes.

And she said that this time around, they had been doing the same thing, not really expecting a response, but then he suddenly mouthed the word "pain".

Kate says she can see in Derek's eyes that he's there

They were hoping all along that they could trigger a response.

Kate, 53, said that while it's "heartwrenching" that "pain" was Derek's first word, the fact that he communicated is a "huge breakthrough".

The presenter, who share kids Darcey and Billy with Derek, said she was in tears when it happened, and that the hospital staff who've been caring him were overcome with emotion too.

She added: "It breaks my heart that there may have been times that he’s been in terrible pain and wasn’t able to communicate it."

Kate and Derek Draper share kids Darcey and Billy

Kate said Derek has now said the word "pain" twice.

While she didn't hear the first time - being told over the phone by doctors - she was watching on FaceTime the second time.

She said it's "hard" but "amazing" because she knows the significance this could hold for her husband's recovery.

Kate says she can see in her husband's eyes that he's "there" and that they just have to "hold on".