Corrie actress Kym Marsh opens up about her teenage son's terrifying hospital dash
The actress, 38, has spoken about the moment she thought David, 19, was close to death – bringing back painful memories of losing her baby son Archie just minutes after his birth in 2009.
‘David was crying in agony and couldn’t breathe. He said, “I’m so scared mum”. It was heartbreaking. I haven’t seen him cry since he was little. He was so frightened and so was I, but I tried to be strong for him. I thought he was having a heart attack,’ Kym says.
The brunette actress, who plays Michelle Connor on the soap, took David to hospital last June after he fell ill at their Manchester home and he was kept in with suspected meningitis.
But it wasn’t until later that evening when Kym popped home to see her daughter Polly, three, that she received a terrifying call from David telling her that he was having problems breathing.
The teen was later diagnosed with an inflammation of the heart and surrounding sac called myopericarditis and after being given medication he started out on a long road to recovery.
‘When he was diagnosed I asked the nurse how serious it was. She said it could prove fatal. I was a wreck and couldn’t believe what was happening. His recovery has been the same as if he’d had a heart attack,’ Kym says.
Kym is now fronting the British Heart Foundation‘s Dechox campaign, challenging people to get sponsored to give up chocolate for a month in March to raise money for lifesaving heart research.
Kym tragically lost her son Archie when she gave birth prematurely at 21 weeks. Her daughter Polly was born prematurely at 33 weeks but, after staying in hospital for weeks, made a healthy recovery.
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