Whitney Dean struggles to cope after losing daughter Peach in EastEnders | The Sun03/09/2023
WHITNEY Dean made the difficult decision to terminate her pregnancy during a recent trip to Walford.
And the pain of losing her baby only grows as she begins to lash out on her nearest and dearest in EastEnders.
After finding out she was pregnant, the result of a one night stand with Zack Hudson, Whitney Dean was ready to be the best mother she could be for her unborn baby.
Soon enough, the market trader portrayed by Shona McGarty received Zack's (James Farrar) support, despite his own health struggles.
Sadly, Whitney's baby presented troubling symptoms and she was soon told that the foetus was suffering from Edwards' syndrome which would affect it severely before, during and after birth.
Whitney thus chose to terminate her pregnancy but she got another devastating blow when she was told her baby, Peach, was not legally recognised.
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The turmoil continues next week on BBC One as Whitney's grief gets the best of her during her first day back on the market.
To make matters worse for Whitney, Mother's Day is the big topic of discussion in Albert Square.
Whitney keeps busy, which does her some good, but a call to say Peach's ashes are ready to collect bursts her bubble.
Later on, Zack tries to talk to her but Whit can't handle it and, instead of letting him speak, she rushes off blaming everyone for making her go back to work too soon.
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Once he manages to catch up with her, Whitney insists she's not ready to say goodbye to Peach.
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Later on, Zack tries to talk to Whitney again only, this time, he wants to suggest a memorial, but she's evasive.
The pair then agree to pick up their daughter's ashes together until Whitney sees her pregnant niece Lily Slater (Lillia Turner) have a health scare and she ditches Zack.
Whitney takes Lily back to her home but goes completely over the top about protecting Lily's unborn baby and a row ensues.
Meanwhile, Zack also struggles with his emotions as he sits with Peach's ashes and, when he spots a distraught Whitney, he calls her out on her decision to leave him alone to do the tragic task.
Will Whitney and Zack find a way to support each other through their ordeal?
EastEnders airs from Monday to Thursday on BBC One.
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