Coronation Street’s Kym Marsh, whose son died after he was born at 21 weeks, challenged health minister Ann Keen over funding for neonatal care.

The 33-year-old actress’s appearance in the ITV Tonight programme – on ITV1 on Monday, November 9 at 8pm – came after concerns were raised about staffing levels on wards that care for babies born early.

Kym met other parents of premature babies at Birmingham Women’s Hospital as part of the broadcast.

She said: “What was interesting was how everyone I spoke to said they didn’t know why they’d gone into premature labour, why they had had their babies prematurely.”

She also revealed that as well as her son who died, Archie, another of her children, David, was also born early.

Kym, who plays Michelle Connor in Coronation Street, returned to the soap just two weeks after losing her child.

In the Tonight programme she said: “When something like this happens to you – you almost feel on your own, so I wanted to meet other people who have been through the same thing as me because I think it makes you feel a bit more normal.

“It is the first time I have had an opportunity to meet other mums who have gone into spontaneous early labour like I did.”

According to NHS figures, there is a shortfall of 2,700 nurses and 300 other specialist staff in neonatal wards.

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