‘EastEnders’ fans took to Twitter to praise the soap’s cast and crew on Monday night (31 August), following Shabnam’s emotional stillbirth scenes.
The soap’s bosses worked with the charity Sands to ensure the plot was dealt with sensitively and appropriately, and many viewers praised the show’s approach and powerful scenes.
Shabnam and Kush's relationship will be under pressure following their loss
During Friday’s show, Shabnam and Kush - played brilliantly by Rakhee Thakrar and Davood Ghadami - were told that their baby had died, and in Monday’s episode, Shabnam gave birth to her son.
The couple then each said goodbye to the child, in scenes that prompted an emotional reaction from many viewers, and other members of the cast:
The soap’s upcoming episodes will see Shabnam, Kush and their families each deal with the tragic loss in different ways.
Speaking ahead of Friday’s episode, Rakhee reiterated the team’s reasons for taking on the storyline, explaining: “I really hope this shows that there really is no harm in expectant mothers picking up their phone and calling their midwife if they are concerned.
“This is the message we are trying to get across."
‘EastEnders’ continues on Thursday 3 September, at 7.30pm.
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