WHITNEY Dean and Zack Hudson are left devastated over another shock after following through with a termination.
Parents to be Whitney (Shona McGarty) and Zack (James Farrar) had to make the heartbreaking decision to abort their baby after learning it was diagnosed with Edwards' Syndrome.
A rare and serious genetic condition, Edwards' Syndrome is also known as trisomy 18 and begins to affect babies when they're in the womb before impacting their health throughout their life.
There is no definitive treatment for the condition and parents of the child affected often have the choice between palliative care and prolonging their baby's life with intensive treatment or even surgery.
The doctor informed the devastated pair that their unborn baby would have little chance of survival before, during and after the birth.
Not wanting to for her baby to suffer, Whitney thinks an abortion is their only option.
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But the blows keep on coming for Zack and Whitney next week on the BBC soap.
The pair are left shaken as it is revealed that their daughter’s existence isn’t legally recognised.
Zack takes solace in the hospital faith room, and is agitated by the nonchalant attitude of an expectant father.
Whitney softens to the idea of spending time with Peach after speaking with Nurse Lynsey.
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Zack and Whitney share a tender final moment with their daughter before saying goodbye.
Zack is open to discussing a future with Whitney which includes having kids – but is it too soon for Whitney?
Later in the week, Whitney pushes her loved ones away as she struggles to come to terms with her loss.
Chelsea and Sonia remain determined to be there for Whitney.
Meanwhile, Zack desperately wants to speak to Whitney, but feels rejected and is unaware that she wants to speak to him too.
Can Whitney and Zack help each other through their grief?
EastEnders airs Monday to Thursday on BBC One.
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