MACKENZIE Boyd and Charity Dingle are expecting their first child together.
But while the father-to-be still struggles to cope, the Emmerdale pub landlady gets terrible news about her pregnancy.
After jumping through hurdles, including infidelity and a huge fear of commitment, the couple are ready for their next chapter.
Although Charity's pregnancy caught him by surprise, Mackenzie (portrayed by Lawrence Robb) settles into his new attentive role next week.
His sister Moira Dingle shares a few words of encouragement with him and tells him he'll make a great father.
But just as things are looking up, the pub landlady played by Emma Atkins is hit by a wave of pain at Jacobs Fold and she worries something may be wrong with the baby.
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Mackenzie returns home to find a broken Charity struggling on the floor and immediately scoops her into his arms.
Charity is crushed to think it may already be too late to save her baby and is gutted at her partner's optimism.
The pair get to the hospital but soon struggle to hide their fear from each other when they're rushed to the Early Pregnancy Unit.
The radiographer heads off to find a doctor, leaving Charity and Mackenzie to wait for their results.
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Heartbreak is on the horizon for the lovebirds when the doctor breaks the news – Charity's pregnancy is ectopic, therefore not viable.
An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilised egg implants and grows outside the main cavity of the uterus and can be life-threatening.
When he finds out, Mackenzie is blown away and heartbroken to hear the heartbeat of the baby they are destined to lose.
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A shell-shocked Charity and Mackenzie are left alone to process the news but the former is hellbent on moving forward by going psyching herself up for what she has to do.
Mackenzie offers support and Charity is grateful to have him by her side- but it's evident he's struggling more than he lets on.
But is Charity really handling the situation healthily?
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