EastEnders' Zack collects HIV medication and vows to support Whitney & the baby

Zack Hudson (James Farrar) picked up his HIV medication in EastEnders shortly after pledging to support Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty) and their unborn baby.

The bartender, as viewers know, has been struggling to come to terms with the fact that he is HIV-positive and has contemplated confiding in his loved ones.

Sam Mitchell (Kim Medcalf) encouraged him to do just that, offering him support and reiterating the importance of him collecting his medication, assuring him that HIV is no longer a ‘death sentence’.

Whitney, meanwhile, has been struggling too, having recently been told that her unborn child has a condition called omphalocele.

Omphalocele, as described by the doctor, is when a baby’s organs have developed on the outside of its body. 

The condition can be treated with surgery once the child has been born, but the consultant was keen to run further tests, hoping to determine if it’s been caused by a genetic syndrome or condition.

Whitney was told that, if it is caused by something else, then there is a possibility she could lose her baby. The market trader struggled to process such information, and was adamant that everything was going to be okay.

Zack learned the news during Thursday’s (February 2) edition of the BBC One soap, and vowed to support Whitney – no matter what.

Subsequent scenes saw him book a taxi to Walford General, where he picked up his HIV medication. Upon returning home, he bumped into Sam, who was pleased to see him collect his prescription, encouraging him to be honest with Whitney.

What is Edwards’ Syndrome?

Edwards’ Syndrome is a rare but serious condition where a baby has extra copies of a chromosome which affects the way it grows or develops.

Humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes. If a baby has Edwards’ syndrome, however, they have inherited an extra copy of chromosome 18, which can lead to health problems. The condition affects each child differently.

In the UK, around 3 in every 10,000 births are affected by Edwards’ syndrome.

Zack promised that he would but, first, he must be there for her and her unborn child right now.

There will be more tough times ahead for the parents, as the baby will be diagnosed with Edwards’ Syndrome in upcoming scenes.

EastEnders continues Monday February 6 at 7:30pm on BBC One.

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