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Kym Marsh has shared a heartbreaking tribute to her son Archie for Baby Loss Awareness Day.
The 44 year old's son, who she shared with ex-husband Jamie Lomas, tragically died just moments after his birth in February 2009 after being born 18 weeks premature at 21 weeks.
The Coronation Street star has now taken to her Instagram feed to post a tribute to her little boy, urging her 445,000 followers to open up about their own baby loss.
The stunning star, who recently hit out at EastEnders star Maisie Smith after she was pictures smoking what looked like cannabis, shared a photo of a candle burning away in a concrete angel, an unlit candle with the letter "A" on it, and a container that read, "Your presence we miss…"
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In the background stood the photo framed prints of Archie's tiny hand and foot prints, alongside a mock playing card, with a black "A" and "10" on it.
In the caption, Kym told her legion of fans: "#pregnancyandinfantlossawareness Remembering all of the babies who gained their wings far too soon.
"Today is a day to remember our children, celebrate the time they were here, whether they were born or not, give thanks to those who helped us through the darkest times of our lives and help to raise awareness and break the silence of babyloss."
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Kym, who recently hit out at Lauren Goodger after she photoshopped a childhood photo, went on to explain that while she is able to speak about her child now, it hasn't always been possible.
"I am a mother without her child. I am not afraid to talk about him or to share my experience but that wasn’t always the case," she wrote.
"Talking is the biggest step forward, it’s the one thing that helps you heal, helps to raise awareness, to lift the stigma and break the silence. I know only too well how hard it is, so many feel they have nowhere to turn, no one to talk to, like no one understands. Believe me there is so much support out there for parents."
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The soap star, who is also mum to David, 25, and Emily, 23, with former partner Dave Cunliffe, as well as another child with Jamie, nine year old Polly, ended her statement by encouraging people to ask for help as she wrote: "You just need to reach out, let someone listen, let someone help. Organisations like @sayinggoodbye_charity are just wonderful.
"They can and they do make all the difference to families suffering the loss of a child. So please don’t suffer in silence. Reach out, talk, people are there for you.
"You are not alone. All that is left to say now is, fly high all you beautiful angels, I hope you’re all having fun wherever you are. Sleep tight." followed by a blue heart emoji and a red heart emoji.
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Fans were quick to comment as one person wrote: "Thoughts are with you Kym and all the other families who’s children left this earth far too soon – heartbreaking – sending hugs and wishes." with an angel emoji.
Another said: "Sending you lots of love I'm missing my daughter tonight loads x," [sic] while a third added: "Beautiful words Kym x".
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