Kym Marsh’s grandchild pays tribute to her stillborn son with poignant name

Kym Marsh has proudly welcomed her first grandchild to the world at the age of 42 – a little boy whose name pays tribute to her own late son.

Coronation Street star Kym's daughter Emilie Cunliffe, 22, gave birth to baby Teddy on May 3, and touchingly gave him a middle name to honour her brother, who died minutes after birth when he was born 18 weeks premature in 2009.

"His full name is Teddy Archie David Hoszowskyj. Archie after my late brother, and David after my brother, dad and grandfather," Emilie told OK! magazine.

"When I found out I was having a boy I knew I wanted the name Archie to feature, but I wanted it to be a surprise for Mum.

"After he was born, we bought Mum a keyring with a picture of Teddy in it and engraved it with the message: 'Dear Loli, thank you for everything. Love, Teddy Archie David Hoszowskyj.'"

She added: "I wanted to say thank you, so Mikey and I cooked her a meal, bought her flowers and then gave her the keyring."

Little Teddy arrived weighing 7lb 2oz – and it wasn't long before he'd captured his grandmother's heart.

"I didn't think they would [name him after Archie], and nor should they have felt they had to," Kym told the magazine.

"As far as I knew, he was going to be called Teddy David and I was chuffed with the name David being in there. When I found out his name, I burst into floods of tears.

"But now Archie lives on in Teddy's name. Having a baby boy in the house with Archie's name as part of his means the world to me."

Little Archie was considered to be too premature to receive a birth or death certificate when he was born, so having Teddy's record of his birth means a lot to Kym.

The Corrie actress, who is stepping down from the soap later this year, has previously opened up about how the lack of documentation made it harder for her to come to terms with her loss.

The hospital sent her home with some pamphlets, but there was "no real aftercare", she said in 2017.

"They say, 'I'm really sorry, this is where you can get some help' and give you some leaflets. It's a real struggle and often people don't know where to turn when they go through something like this."

As well as being mum to late Archie and grown-up Emilie, Kym also has son David by first husband Dave Cunliffe, and daughter Polly with Jamie Lomas.

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