Life... and death?

Sinead gives birth to a boy – but will mother and son be okay?

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Daniel is faced with the prospect of los­ing his fam­ily within a short space of time

Weather­field gets a new res­i­dent this week, as Sinead and Daniel wel­come a baby boy, whom they name Ber­tie – a nod to Ken’s Un­cle Al­bert.

The nip­per isn’t due for some time, but when can­cer-stricken Sinead at­tends her latest hos­pi­tal ap­point­ment, things take a shock turn. The on­col­o­gist ex­plains that her tu­mour has grown, and she needs to start ra­dio­ther­apy im­me­di­ately. But first, the baby must be de­liv­ered…

‘Daniel thinks it’s far too soon,’ re­veals Rob Mal­lard, who plays the ex­pec­tant dad. ‘So much has just been re­vealed – like the fact that Sinead was swerv­ing chemo – and this is too much to take in. He’s afraid that the baby may be too small to sur­vive.’

As word gets back to Weather­field, Sinead’s pals or­gan­ise an im­promptu baby shower. Sinead is then taken into theatre for a C-sec­tion.

The latest de­scen­dant of the Bar­low clan soon ar­rives – but as the pre­ma­ture tot is whisked off to a neona­tal unit, Sinead sud­denly falls un­con­scious.

‘In that mo­ment, Daniel sees him­self hav­ing to go on with­out her,’ adds Rob. ‘The prospect is ab­so­lutely ter­ri­fy­ing. He couldn’t look af­ter him­self with­out Sinead, let alone with a baby, too.’

Daniel’s choked up when he later in­tro­duces his tiny son to Ken, ter­ri­fied of what the fu­ture may hold. But as he frets about his ill wife, lit­tle does he realise that his son isn’t very well, ei­ther. The doc­tors are wor­ried and soon break the news that Ber­tie has a bowel con­di­tion.

‘It con­firms Daniel’s fears that Ber­tie might not be de­vel­oped enough to sur­vive,’ adds Rob, ‘and Daniel is faced with the prospect of los­ing his fam­ily within a short space of time.’

When Sinead later comes round and asks af­ter their lit­tle ’un’s con­di­tion, Daniel doesn’t want to worry her and pre­tends that ev­ery­thing is okay.

But are the young cou­ple about to face more heartache?

Se­ri­ously ill: Daniel looks on help­lessly – will Sinead pull through?

Tough choice:Sinead is rushed for aC-sec­tion

Heartache: Daniel vis­its his tiny son

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