Coronation Street's Michelle Connor and Steve McDonald say a final farewell to their baby son Ruairi in devastating funeral scenes

CORONATION Street's Michelle Connor and Steve McDonald say a final farewell to their baby son Ruairi in devastating funeral scenes.

The couple, played by Kym Marsh and Simon Gregson, lost their baby in heartbreaking scenes last week that saw Michelle give birth to her son at 23 weeks in a maternity ward filled with crying babies.


In new heartbreaking pictures, Michelle and Steve look devastated as they stand by the tiny white coffin to say one last goodbye.

Michelle struggles to contain her tears as Steve also wells up as he places his hand on Ruairi's coffin.

The couple have been struggling to cope since the loss of their baby boy but things come to a head in the coming days after the funeral as Michelle has also been pictured perched on the edge of a bridge as the full extent of her near-suicide bid is revealed.


And the storyline is set to take a dark turn as her friends and family discover she's missing and rush to try and find her.

Steve, Tim, Robert, Johnny and Kate all set out to try and find her, with Robert eventually spotting her sitting on the edge of a huge bridge.

Shocked by her devastation, he slowly talks to her, in a desperate attempt to change her mind.

New photos have now revealed actress Kym's emotions, as close-up snaps see her crying and distraught.


Meanwhile more show her hanging over the edge of a railway bridge, leaving fans concerned she could jump.

The landlady breaks down and struggles to stand as she looks over the edge, before Robert attempts to talk her down.



Eventually falling into his arms, Michelle is pictured in floods of tears before reportedly shouting: "No one understands me".

Michelle suffered the heartbreaking loss of her son at 23 weeks into her pregnancy, and the pain has left her destroyed and with husband Steve having no way to help her.

After arriving home from the hospital, Michelle found Steve packing up baby Ruairi’s things and couldn’t hold back her grief or anger.

Meanwhile Steve had begun to blame himself for the loss, insisting to mum Liz that his cheating with Leanne Battersby was somehow to blame.



In emotionally powerful scenes just days ago, Michelle and husband Steve McDonald were told their baby wouldn’t survive and Michelle was left to give birth to her son surrounded by the sound of crying babies.

“I was meant to take care of him, I can’t give birth knowing he’s going to die. I can’t do it,” Michelle sobbed as she went into labour.

“How can you keep my wife in there listening to newborn babies crying?” he demanded to know from the doctor. “It’s upsetting, it’s cruel.”



But with them refusing to move her, Michelle was forced to give birth in harrowing circumstances.

Told to push by the midwife, Michelle screamed: "I can't, he'll die."

Desperate to know if he was breathing, Michelle begged for news and when the nurse told her the tragic news that he wasn't breathing, Michelle broke down totally.

Given the chance to hold her son, Michelle sobbed over him as Steve tried to comfort her.

"I'm so sorry," she said as she held her son for the first and last time. "I'm sorry. I don't want to give him back. I don't want to leave him."




He looks so perfect, I keep thinking he's going to wake up."

She added: "My heart feels like it's breaking, actually breaking."

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Actress Kym Marsh recently spoke about her decision to relive the heartbreaking death of her son in the storyline.

Kym, 40, lost baby Archie seconds after he was born prematurely at just 21 weeks in 2009.

“I thought long and hard before agreeing to take on the challenge of this storyline. It is a cause very close to my heart having lost my beautiful Archie," she said.


“I have had to go to some very dark places in my mind while filming these heartbreaking scenes, but my family, friends and colleagues have been incredible. Losing a child is something that never leaves you so to revisit those feelings has been challenging.

“Coronation Street ensured that I had a counsellor on set at all times, but for me the best tonic after a hugely emotional day was to go home to my kids and be reminded of how lucky I am to have them.”

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