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Call The Midwife: What happened to Nurse Barbara?

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Call The Midwife fans are still saddened by the heartbreaking exit of one character in particular, Nurse Barbara Hereward – but what happened to her?

Tonight’s episode will see the nurses of Nonnatus House remember their late friend Barbara (Charlotte Ritchie) amid an emotional rollercoaster of a Christmas special.

One particularly sweet moment involving Phyllis (Linda Bassett) and Lucille (Leonie Elliott) ahead of the latter’s wedding is sure to get the tears flowing in the feature-length episode this evening, with Barbara playing a special part in the preparations.

Here’s everything you need to know about the exit of the character, who left in series seven of the hit BBC show.

What happened to nurse Barbara Hereward in Call The Midwife?

Barbara contracted septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by meningitis (Picture: BBC)

The character met a heartbreaking end after she ended up contracting septicaemia caused by meningitis.

It was found to have caused irreparable damage, as three of her fingers had tissue damage, as she failed to recover from the blood poisoning.

Barbara’s husband Tom (Jack Ashton) and Phyllis stayed by Barbara’s bedside after they were told there was nothing more that could be done to save her.

Fans will remember the nurse initially seemed to be recovering after being taken to hospital but took an unexpected turn, before she died towards the end of the series.

Why did Charlotte Ritchie leave Call The Midwife?

At the time, actress Charlotte spoke out on why she’d decided it was time to wave goodbye to the popular character.

‘Barbara’s had such a good journey, this feels like a good time to go before I become too complacent,’ she told the Mirror.

‘That was my biggest fear – of getting so comfortable that I was taking the job for granted,’ the actress explained, saying there was no ‘negative reason’ behind her decision to leave.

Charlotte has taken on some more fabulous roles since, playing Alison in Ghosts and George in Mae Martin’s gorgeous comedy-drama, Feel Good.

When is Call The Midwife on?

Fans will see the Christmas special on screen tonight (Picture: BBC / Nealstreet Productions / Sally Mais)

The Christmas special of Call The Midwife airs tonight at 8pm on BBC One, and will last for 90 minutes.

It will soon be followed by more new episodes as series 11 lands on the broadcaster on Sunday, January 2 at 8pm.

Call The Midwife Christmas special airs tonight at 8pm on BBC One.


Credit: Original article published here.

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