Kellie Shirley welcomes beautiful baby twins: Click to find out their names

EastEnders actress Kellie Shirley has introduced her newborn twins to the world - and we LOVE the names she’s chosen for them!


by Kayleigh Dray |
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Kellie Shirley is now a proud mum of two!

The actress, who starred as Carly Wicks in EastEnders, was induced at King’s College Hospital in London but, after three days in labour, developed an infection.

As a result, her twins had to be delivered by emergency C-section.

Speaking about the birth, she told Hello magazine: “I was completely out of it, partly down to the medication and temperature and partly because I’d had no sleep.

“I heard a cry and I came around. I said, ‘What is it?’, Phil said ‘It’s a girl,’ and I was really emotional.

“Then I heard another cry and asked, ‘What is it?’

“He said it was a boy. It was amazing.”

Kellie Shirley, Barbara Windsor, Emma Barton, Jo Joyner, Kara Tointon, and Nina Wadia
Kellie Shirley, Barbara Windsor, Emma Barton, Jo Joyner, Kara Tointon, and Nina Wadia

Kellie, who has been receiving plenty of tips on caring for twins from fellow EastEnders star Jo Joyner, also made sure to reveal the names of her beautiful babies.

They are, adorably, Pearl and Louie!

And her little ones, despite only being a few weeks old, have already saved lives.

Before the birth, Kellie revealed that she has chosen to donate the cord blood to Anthony Nolan’s stem cell register to help blood cancer patients.

She explained: “I’ve chosen to give birth at Kings College Hospital because it’s the only NHS hospital in London where I can donate my cord blood to Anthony Nolan’s stem cell register.

“Every year 2,000 people in the UK, many of them children, need a bone marrow transplant from a stranger. It’s often their last chance of survival.

“But that can only happen if there is a matching donor on the bone marrow register, like the one run by Anthony Nolan.

“If they can’t find a matching donor, the best alternative is to use stem cells taken from cord blood.

“That is why I plan to donate mine.”

Kellie continued: “It may sound daunting, but it’s simple.

"After I give birth a specially-trained midwife will come into the delivery room and collect the cord and placenta. And that’s it."

Umbilical cord blood is rich in stem cells which can be used in stem cell transplants for people with blood cancer and blood disorders.

According to their website, Anthony Nolan collects cord blood from willing new mothers who sign up at four hospitals – King’s College Hospital London, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General Hospital and St Mary’s, Manchester.

When a woman who is giving birth at one of these hospitals agrees to donate her cord blood, a specially trained midwife enters the delivery room shortly after the birth and collects the cord and placenta. It's as simple as that.

These are then taken to a different room where the blood in the cord and placenta is harvested.

It is then sent to Anthony Nolan’s Cell Therapy Centre in Nottingham where it is frozen and stored for use in stem cell transplants.

To find out more and to sign up, visit the Anthony Nolan website.

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