British actress Tina Malone has opened up about her heartbreak after discovering she had lost one of her unborn twins in the early stages of pregnancy.
The Shameless star announced last month (May13) that she is pregnant at the age of 50 after undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment with her husband Paul Chase, who is 19 years her junior.
Malone has revealed that after a recent ultrasound scan, she discovered two embryos were developing in her womb and doctors thought she was expecting twins.
However, further investigation during the scan showed that while one of the babies was healthy, the other had no heartbeat.
In her column in Britain's Sunday Mirror, she writes, "Looking closely, I realised that one of the babies was bigger and had a huge, wonderful heartbeat, while the other had no heartbeat at all.
"I was devastated, hysterical. But you've got to realise that things like that just happen, and I've got to be grateful. I'm happy, healthy and so thankful for the baby I have growing inside me."