Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh has paid an emotional tribute to the nurse who saved her daughter Polly's life.
In 2010, Kym gave birth to Polly seven weeks early, but thanks to matron Kath Eaton from the neo-natal unit at St Mary's Hospital, Manchester and the rest of her team, Polly survived.
Speaking to The Sun, the Michelle Connor actress said: "The whole way along the line, the NHS has helped me and my family massively.
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"Without them I don't know where we would be."
Kym met up with Kath to say thank you in person and even brought along Polly, now 7.
"Polly knows that she nearly died and that health service staff saved her life, so she was really excited to meet Kath," Kym said.
"It was emotional for everyone."
Kym and Polly's emotional reunion with Kath will be shown on ITV's The Big NHS Singalong Live on Wednesday (July 4), which celebrates the health service's 70th anniversary.
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A year before Polly's birth, Kym suffered the devastating loss of son Archie, who died moments after being born prematurely.
Speaking about the care she received after her son's death, Kym said: "They looked after me when I lost him.
"The midwives came to his funeral. That was over and above what I expected. The fact that they took time out to come meant so much to me."
Kym is also mum to son David, 23, and daughter Emilie, 20. Five years ago, the NHS was also there to help David when he was diagnosed with an inflammation of the heart.
"It's a really serious condition and David would have died had they not spotted it so quickly," she said.
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