Emmerdale’s Charley Webb's baby son stopped breathing during dramatic birth

Emmerdale star Charlie Webb opened up about the dramatic birth of her baby son, as she revealed the little one’s unusual name.

It’s safe to say baby Ace Gene Wolfenden made a memorable appearance into the world, as Charley revealed the midwife had to press the ‘panic button’ after he stopped breathing.

‘The umbilical cord was wrapped around Ace’s neck when he was born. It came off and he was passed to me but I could tell something was wrong.

‘Ace wasn’t breathing at first – so the midwife had to press the panic button’, she told OK! magazine.

Charley, 31, who plays Debbie Dingle on the soap, added that she didn’t panic during the ordeal, explaining: ‘I felt weirdly calm as I’d only just pushed him out and was a bit zoned out from the gas and air, although I was together enough to see that he wasn’t breathing.’

Her husband, fellow Emmerdale actor Matthew Wolfenden, 39, who plays David Metcalfe, wasn’t quite so calm when the medics came running.

Matthew admitted he nearly threw up from the panic, but that it can only have been a short amount of time as the baby was breathing again by the time back-up arrived.

Ace Gene is the couple’s third son after Buster, nine, and Bowie, three, and they decided to keep the name and sex of their baby under wraps until now.

Their baby was born on 26 July weighing 8lb 3oz and ‘Baby Wolf’ is now doing well following his scary entrance into the world.

The couple also revealed they had Ace Dene’s stem cells removed from his umbilical cord which Matthew had cut, in order to store the cells in case he or one of their other children gets ill in the future.

Storing stem cells is a relatively new procedure but can provide treatment for around 80 immunity and blood conditions, and cells can remain viable for around 25 years and can cost around £2000 for 20 years of storage.

The full interview is in OK! magazine, out now.

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