Emmerdale’s Charley Webb has revealed that she and her co-star husband Matthew Wolfenden stored the stem cells of their youngest son, Ace.
The Debbie Dingle actress and Matthew, who plays David Metcalfe on Emmerdale, opened up on their decision in case they need the stem cells in future for a treatment.
In an emotional post, Charley, 31, said that she hopes they never need to use the stem cells, but are glad they are stored if they need the.
The mum-of-three shared a gorgeous picture of Ace in his cot as she wrote: “We decided to store Ace’s stem cells. As parents every single one of us wants to do what’s best for our children.
“When I was pregnant, I heard about the possibility of collecting and storing my baby's umbilical cord stem cells, which could then be used in the future should they be needed for treatment (I hope with every part of me we never need it).
“After researching, we learned that the baby's umbilical cord is a valuable source of stem cells, and these cells can be collected at birth and stored. These could then be used as a crucial part of treating or curing an illness.
“Currently, there are over 80 diseases cord blood stem cells can treat.
“I decided to use Smart Cells to store the stem cells: the process was easy (genuinely) and they organised everything.
“Like I said, we hope we never need to use them, but it's comforting to know that we have them stored if we ever do. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I’m so grateful we were able to do this. Xx.”
Many of Charley’s fans told her that they too have made the decision to store their babies stem cells, while others thanked her for sharing the knowledge.
One person said: “Wow I’ve never heard of this thanks for sharing.”
Another said: “Amazing. Such an important thing and I think every parent should consider doing this it may save a life, so much respect for you. And ace is so cute.”
Inside Charley Webb and Matthew Wolfenden's adorable family photoshoot after welcoming son Ace
And a third commented: “Wow! Never knew you could do this! Great idea!”
Along with baby Ace Gene, Charley – who has hit out at parenting trolls – is also mum to sons Buster, nine, and Bowie, three.
Bowie recently had his sweet long hair cut shorter, which resulted in Charley having to address the reasons for his hair cut on her Instagram account.
Taking to her Instagram stories, Charley denied that Bowie’s hair cut was a result of negative comments from trolls about the length of his hair.
Speaking to the camera, she said: "I can't believe how many messages I've had asking if I've cut Bowie's hair because of negative comments on Instagram or online.
"No! The answer to that is no. If I was cutting my child's hair because people were being negative that would be very worrying."
Revealing the real reason behind Bowie’s new look, Charley said: "He had it cut because he saw a picture of short hair that was all different colours like red, yellow, blue, and he wanted it to look like that and he thought it would change colour.
“Obviously it didn't but he still has the hair, so it's fine."
Charley had shared a cute snap of Bowie pulling on tassels on his knitted hat which is slightly tilted to show part of his new, shorter do before she defended the chop.
She said in the caption of the snap: “Hair cut=cute face visible. Bowie 3 years and 10 months.” [sic]
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