Home And Away Actress Ada Nicodemou's Baby Was Stillborn

Home And Away star Ada Nicodemou has announced her son Harrison was delivered stillborn.

The 37-year-old actress, who plays Leah Patterson-Baker in the Australian soap, told fans that her second child with husband Chrys Xipolitas was stillborn in a statement.

Ada was thought to have been around seven months pregnant.

Her statement, released through Channel Seven, said: "It is with great sadness that we need to share some news with you.

"Our baby boy Harrison was delivered stillborn on Thursday 7 August 2014. We appreciate your love and support as we mourn the loss of our precious son.

"We understand we have lived some of our lives in the public eye. But we respectfully ask for privacy at this difficult and extremely painful time so we can grieve and heal."

Ada announced in March that she was expecting her second child, which was a complete surprise for the couple.

Their first son Johnas, who is nearly two years old, was conceived by IVF after a year of trying and the couple had no plans for a second child.

Ada told New Idea in an interview at the time: "For it to happen so quickly after we struggled for so long last time is a really nice surprise and we feel really really lucky."

She added: "I'm really excited for Johnas to have a little brother or sister and for us to be a complete family. It's a really nice time and I feel really blessed to be pregnant again.

"I think you're blessed every day to have a child in your life. My son is just amazing, he's gorgeous and I love spending time with him.

"You can't imagine loving someone else just as much, but like my husband says, you just grow another heart."