Coronation Street actor Simon Gregson has opened up about his wife Emma's ectopic pregnancy last year, saying she was "two hours away from death".

The actor, who plays Steve McDonald on the ITV soap, and his wife Emma have suffered 12 miscarriages, including the ectopic pregnancy last September which led to Emma having to undergo emergency surgery.

The couple, who are parents to three sons, spoke about the terrifying experience in the new issue of OK! magazine.

They discovered that Emma had a ruptured ectopic pregnancy when she went into hospital after suffering from severe stomach pains.

"Up to that point we didn't know I was pregnant so it came as a double blow to us," she said. "It was hard to get our heads around what was happening."

She then had to have an emergency operation. "They told me Emma would've died if it had been left for a few more hours. She was literally two hours away from death." Simon said.

The 43-year-old actor added that they have decided not to try for any more children after Emma came close to losing her life.

Simon said: "I think as Emma has come so close to death, that's it for us. We originally thought Emma couldn't carry girls, but she so desperately wanted a little girl. I would love her to have one - but now, after nearly losing her, I'm going in and having the snip."

Emma added: "The stigma has been removed from having miscarriages, but ectopic pregnancy isn't discussed enough - I didn't really know anything about it.

"The more you talk, the more you can help other people and spot the signs. It's such a dangerous condition."

Kym Marsh and Simon Gregson in Coronation Street
Gregson with Kym Marsh on Coronation Street 

Simon previously spoke about how his experience of losing 11 babies with his wife influenced the storyline in Coronation Street in which his character's partner Michelle Connor (Kym Marsh) gives birth prematurely.

If you have been effected by anything in this article you can contact The Miscarriage Association of Ireland 

Web: www.miscarriage.ie

Phone: 01 873 5702

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