Last night Coronation Street left fans devastated as popular characters Steve and Michelle were faced with a miscarriage. Michelle then had to deliver her baby despite knowing he would not survive. It was utterly heartbreaking.
While it made for highly emotional scenes, it did raise awareness of the trauma of losing a baby through miscarriage, and actors Kym Marsh and Simon Gregson have been rightfully praised for their performances.
It's all the more poignant for the actors, as Kym also lost a baby in a similar way eight years ago, while Simon Gregson admitted this week that his wife had suffered 11 miscarriages.
Kym talked to This Morning about her decision to take on the storyline...
— This Morning (@thismorning) January 12, 2017
While here's how some of the fans reacted to the episode...
— Fi French (@FcfrenchWinning) January 12, 2017
Kym Marsh shows incredible bravery for all parents who've lost a baby born too soon. Thank u @msm4rsh & Corrie for taking on this story line
— The Smallest Things (@_SmallestThings) January 11, 2017
— Martin Coutts (@martincoutts) January 11, 2017
— Duncan Lindsay (@DuncanLindsay) January 11, 2017
— Benjamin (@BenjaBitch) January 12, 2017
— Wendy Baron (@WendyBaron2015) January 11, 2017
— Kym Marsh (@msm4rsh) January 11, 2017
If you were affected by last night's episode of Coronation Street, support is available at www.miscarriage.ie