There were powerful scenes in Coronation Street tonight as Michelle and Steve McDonald lost their baby. At just 23 weeks pregnant, Michelle was told she had gone into labour. The midwife added that prior to 24 weeks it was “hospital policy not to intervene if he doesn’t breathe” when born. Michelle then gave birth in tears but the baby, who they named Ruairi, did not breathe when he was born.

Clutching Ruairi, she said: “I’m so sorry. I don’t want to give him back I don’t want to leave. Look at him, he looks so perfect, I keep thinking he is going to wake up. I feel like my heart is breaking, like it is actually breaking.”

Twitter was full of praise for the storyline and Kym Marsh, who lost her own baby Archie at 21 weeks. One fan tweeted: “Tonight’s #Corrie was heartbreaking. Lots of love to @msm4rsh you honoured Archie and all your friends family and fans are proud of you”