Lee Latchford-Evans’ wife Kerry details birth drama as anaesthetic didn’t work

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Steps star Lee Latchford-Evans has described his wife Kerry-Lucy as “Wonder Woman” after what she went through to give birth to their first child, Leo, last month.

Lee and Kerry-Lucy have welcomed OK! in to their home for an exclusive shoot to introduce their new tot to the world – and to tell their dramatic birth story.

The happy couple couldn’t be more chuffed to have Leo – whose middle names are William, after Lee’s late father, and Keith, after Kerry’s dad – in their lives, particularly after going through a devastating miscarriage in 2018.

Their baby boy arrived via C-section, due to being in the breech position and Kerry suffering with pre-eclampsia.

And while the birth was scheduled, it wasn't without its fair share of drama as the anaesthetic didn’t seem to be working at first.

Kerry explains: “He [Leo] was in a really weird position. They did say I could have him naturally, but the safest way is a C-section. And then on top of that I had pre-eclampsia, so there were all sorts of medical issues going on.”

Lee adds: “Kerry’s a bit of a fighter, she’s like Wonder Woman, so she’s almost immune to any anaesthetic, which was quite scary.

"They kept checking her and then, when they were about to do the operation, Kerry went, 'Ooh, what’s that?' And the doctors went, 'Hang on a minute, you can feel that?” Kerry said, 'Yeah.'

Kerry continues: “They said, 'Describe the pain.' And I said it was like a little scratch, like a needle and they looked a bit like, 'Ooh.'

Lee says: “[They said] Yeah, like you shouldn’t be feeling that right now. So they had to stop and give Kerry more drugs and an epidural and that went on for quite a while.”

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Kerry admits that she was finding it difficult at this point, as Lee worried about what would happen next if they couldn't get the anaesthetic to work.

“Of course my blood pressure was shooting up. Lee was like, 'Relax, calm down.'" she says. "I was like, 'Calm down? I feel like I’m going to feel the scalpel going in!'"

Lee says: “The worrying thing is this happens, it’s not a rarity and some people get knocked out for the birth and that was where it was heading next. I would have had to leave if that happened. I was thinking, 'Come on, let’s get this right', because I wanted to be there and see him and be there for Kerry.”

But finally their baby was lifted out and Lee asked the doctors to give him to Kerry first and placed him on her chest.

“It was amazing and I could hear him crying when they cleaned him, weighed him and wrapped him up," Kerry said. "Lee asked them to give him to me first and he was placed on my chest and had a little cry. Then I gave him a big kiss and he stopped. It was surreal.”

Read Lee and Kerry's full interview – and see all the pictures from their gorgeous shoot with baby Leo – here.

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