All about what is wrong with Emmerdale’s Chas’s baby as she goes into labour

Chas Dingle and Paddy Kirk were ecstatic about bringing a baby into the world, naming her Margarita before changing her name to Grace later on.

Despite some of Chas’ early concerns, there was a worse fate to befall them as they were devastated by a diagnosis which means their baby will not survive outside the womb.

They found out at the 20-week scan, but Chas kept everything to herself for a little while, before finally admitting the truth to Paddy, then her brother Cain, mother Faith and the other Dingle clan.

Baby Grace was diagnosed with bilateral renal agenesis, but what is the illness which will sadly take the baby from them?

The genetic disorder means the little girl does not have any kidneys, and her lungs will be underdeveloped.

The doctor told her: "When both kidneys are absent like this there is a lack of amniotic fluid, which leads to the lungs failing to develop properly.

"Without fully developed lungs your baby cannot survive."

According to the NHS, the disease is: "Bilateral renal agenesis (BRA) is a congenital malformation characterised by absence of both kidneys.

“This results in anhydramnios which has severe consequences for the development of the fetus. The compression of the fetus by the uterine wall and the lack of liquor results in a sequence of abnormalities including pulmonary hypoplasia, severe talipes and limb contractures from reduced movement, typical facies, and growth restriction.”

In a major blow, Chas was told that the baby would not live for very long outside of the womb.

She kept the news to herself for a long while, and later, after telling Paddy at their baby shower, the couple decided to meet a couple who had chosen to go through the full birth, rather than choosing to terminate the pregnancy.

They decided to do the same, and have been looking forward to the baby’s birth, despite knowing the devastating truth.

Chas was informed the baby would die, and spoilers have revealed Grace will die hours after she is born, bringing further tragedy to the Dingle family.

But, to bring some hope to the family, the soap will show a fantasy flash forward of the couple’s life if Grace were to survive.

Lucy Pargeter, who plays Chas, said of the plot to Digital Spy : ": "The episode is like a fantasy flash forward. So it is Grace when she has just been born, then at 1, at 4, and then 12.

"It’s the kind off things they would have done with her if she’d have still been around – it’s in their heads in the delivery room after she has just been born.

"They’re thinking about all of the things they won’t get to do with her. They kind of go there with her in their minds."

Chas and Paddy left Adam Dingle and Robert Sugden’s stag do as her labour commenced, so next week’s sepisodes are set to be heartbreaking.

Emmerdale airs weekdays at 7pm and again at 8pm on Thursdays on ITV.

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