Mandy thinks she’s los­ing her baby

IS SHE LOS­ING HER CHILD?

Inside Soap - - WELCOME! - Alice Pen­will

With a cus­tody bat­tle brew­ing over Dar­ren’s kids, Mandy is feel­ing the pres­sure this week, but things get worse when she sud­denly col­lapses – with only Nancy to help her!

The drama be­gins as Dar­ren announces that he will be rep­re­sent­ing him­self at the cus­tody hear­ing. How­ever, with Nancy be­liev­ing he’s hired a lawyer, she goes ahead and en­lists le­gal help. Dar­ren fran­ti­cally re­alises he will need money for rep­re­sen­ta­tion if he’s go­ing to stand a chance – so he re­sorts to des­per­ate mea­sures to get some…

“Mandy wins £200 on a scratch card,” ex­plains Sarah Jayne Dunn, who plays her. “And as she’s re­cently found out that she’s preg­nant, any spare money will be put aside. She starts to think ev­ery­thing is fall­ing into place.”

Shortly af­ter her win, dis­as­ter strikes, as the scratch card goes miss­ing! It soon be­comes clear that it was taken by the baby’s fa­ther-to-be, Dar­ren. When we then see him at the Loft, gam­bling away, has he fallen back into old habits?

“It’s a des­per­ate move by Dar­ren,” reck­ons Sarah. “He’s try­ing to get more money so he can get a bet­ter so­lic­i­tor. Mandy is just wor­ried be­cause of all the times where Luke had no con­trol with his al­co­holism, and Dar­ren is a gam­bling ad­dict, so her ex­pe­ri­ence with both men is very sim­i­lar.”

Soon, Mandy, Dar­ren and Nancy head to court to fight for Os­car and Char­lie. But as the at­mos­phere at the hear­ing turns toxic, Mandy walks out. It isn’t un­til Nancy finds her later that they re­alise some­thing is very wrong…

“Nancy dis­cov­ers her in the toi­lets,” Sarah tells us. “Mandy’s hav­ing a bleed and thinks that she’s los­ing the baby! She’s lost a child be­fore and it’s her big­gest fear – she’s ter­ri­fied!”

Mandy is rushed to hos­pi­tal with Nancy by her side. As they ar­rive, Nancy is un­able

Mandy has lost a child be­fore – it’s her big­gest fear!”

to get hold of Dar­ren, so she stays with her hubby’s mis­tress.

“It takes a lot for Nancy to stay,” ad­mits Sarah. “And it’s a re­ally lovely thing for Nancy to do. She tells Mandy that she’s stay­ing for the baby and not Mandy – but the first pieces of the bridge have been built.”

The two be­gin to talk and guilty Mandy apol­o­gises for ev­ery­thing she’s done to Nancy.

“Nancy doesn’t for­give her,” shares Sarah. “But I think there is a re­al­i­sa­tion that Mandy and Dar­ren are to­gether – no mat­ter how hard she fights against it, that’s the way it’s go­ing to be.”

Luck­ily, on-duty nurse Sinead comes to their aid and finds the baby’s heart­beat! How­ever, the test re­sults are still wor­ry­ing…

“It’s her worst night­mare to think that there might be com­pli­ca­tions,” re­veals Sarah. “Ev­ery­thing was great, and get­ting back on track. This is yet an­other ter­ri­fy­ing sit­u­a­tion they’ve found them­selves in!”

Gam­bling ad­dict Dar­ren steals Mandy’s win­ning scratch card

Dar­ren can’t be con­tacted when Mandy is rushed to hos­pi­tal

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