Stacey’s baby drama!
Will her daughter survive?
“Stacey’s health deteriorates with no warning”
Stacey is rushed into hospital this week, as complications threaten her pregnancy and doctors are given no choice but to deliver her baby early.
Martin is overcome with emotion when he learns they have a daughter – but with both mother and baby in critical condition, the distraught dad is forced to contemplate the fact that they might not make it…
“What happens is really serious –
Stacey and the baby’s lives are at risk,” explains actress Lacey Turner, who plays the frantic mum. “It’s a big shock, as her health deteriorates with no warning, and that’s really frightening for everyone.”
The crisis unfolds after Stacey learns that it was Carmel who called social services to report the bruising she found on little Arthur’s arm recently. The authorities stepped in and briefly took Stacey’s kids away while they investigated the matter, though they later cleared the Fowlers of any wrongdoing. The family are told to expect regular monitoring from the social, though – and Stacey hits the roof when she learns Arthur’s grandmother is to blame.
“I think that at this point, Stacey is just very angry with Carmel,” sighs Lacey. “She wishes that she’d come to her instead of jumping to conclusions – but she didn’t.”
However, as the women face off, more drama strikes after Stacey has a seizure.
“I think a combination of things contribute to what happens,” says Lacey. “Stacey’s been doing too much and has been under so much pressure – she’s got two little kids, she’s heavily pregnant, Martin’s been in prison, and now all of this with Carmel has sent her blood pressure sky high.
“When she gets to hospital, they find out Stacey has preeclampsia, which is responsible for bringing on the seizure,” continues Lacey. “The doctors make it clear that Stacey’s baby needs to be delivered as soon as possible, both for her sake and their child’s.”
It’s touch-and-go for Stacey initially, but thankfully she comes through the emergency C-section. However, her daughter faces a desperate fight for survival after being rushed into intensive care – and Martin is at his wits’ end as Stacey refuses to visit her.
“To be honest, she’s just so exhausted and hazy from the seizure that she’s only really hearing snippets of what the doctor and Martin are talking about,” reveals Lacey. “Stacey’s biggest fear is that the baby won’t survive – and I think she’d rather the baby lived instead of her if it came to it. She goes into a major panic.”
After talking with Martin some more, Stacey summons the courage to see her new daughter. However, as the severity of the situation dawns on them, Stacey struggles to hold things together, taking her frustrations out on her husband. And when Martin storms out, Max ends up being Stacey’s shoulder to cry on.
“Stacey feels a certain guilt towards Martin,” Lacey tells us. “All he wanted was a baby of their own, and that’s what she desperately wanted to give him – but now she feels that she hasn’t even been able to do that properly. On top of that, fear is another
reason that she just can’t open up to him. She’s scared to get close to the baby in case they aren’t able to take her home.
“Meanwhile, it’s really easy for Stacey to talk to Max,” continues the actress. “They have this weird friendship that means they’re able to confide in each other.”
With Martin and Stacey at loggerheads and their baby’s life hanging in the balance, are the Fowlers strong enough to cope if fate should deal them another cruel hand?
Or is there still hope that their little one will survive and their lives can get back to normal?
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