Ronnie swaps baby after cot death

EastEnders' Ronnie Mitchell will swap her baby with Kat Moon's after losing her child to cot death.

In the emotional scenes set to air over New Year, Ronnie, played by Samantha Womack, finds her baby dead and runs to the Queen Vic for help, talking to the body she is clutching.

While everyone is seeing in the New Year, Ronnie hears Kat's baby crying upstairs and in a moment of desperation and blinded by grief, swaps the babies and runs off.

Executive producer Bryan Kirkwood told The Daily Mirror: "When Ronnie loses the one thing she's always wanted, she acts on impulse in a moment of sheer desperation."

Jessie Wallace who plays Kat Moon, and Sam began filming the traumatic scenes this week.

Bryan added: "We're lucky to have two wonderful actresses who understand the need to portray this subject sensitively."

Soap bosses said they have researched the issue in detail and hope to raise awareness of the 300 babies claimed by cot death every year.

Joyce Epstein, of cot death charity FSID, said: "We are very grateful for their accurate depiction of the devastating effect the sudden death of an infant can have on a family."

Source - MSN


Carla said…
OMG! Poor Ronnie! Why does it always have to be Ronnie?!
Anonymous said…
Is Kat supposed to not recognize her own baby after the switch? Wouldn't she be like "Um... that's not my baby... it's Ronnie's..."
charlotte dawson said…
I lost my son to cot death in 2007, i wont be able to watch over new year for this reason but its great your helping spread the word! so all parents are aware!!
Anonymous said…
This is stupid - Kat would know that it wasn't her baby. I think it's great that they are raising awareness but could have done with making it a bit more realistic!
Vicky said…
I feel sorry for Ronnie, when will she ever have a baby and just be allowed to be happy????
helen said…
I support this story line,I am aware I am in the minority,Eastenders is NOT saying that Mum's who r suffering from grief over cot death would steal another babys,It is is saying that some one who has had a history of pain an tragedy,miscarried b4 an lost a daughter might when so close to haveing a baby an then lose one again,react in a dissacociative way through shock.
Some women who have try'd to have a baby,lost abays then on occasion through desperation steal babays from hospital this is truly sad an I can see how the character of Ronnie would have reacted in this way.
No,Nearly all mums would not but her past life has led her into this dark decision.
I applaud the bravery of enders an aware that many do not see this,I am sad of this as see this as a menatl health issue which will not be allowed now to be explored
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Anonymous said…
it as been going on to long now it is about time you gave kat baby back to her and stop making her stuffer no longer
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