Call the Midwife leaves viewers heartbroken with Huntingtons storyline

The emotional episode also dealt with alcoholism and abortion.

Call the Midwife viewers and critics saluted an emotional episode of the BBC One period drama, which had heartbreaking storylines for several leading characters.

The centreal storyline was about the Lunt family, who reached out to Nurse Phyllis Crane (Linda Bassett) and Nurse Trixie Franklin (Helen George).

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Expectant mother Mrs Lunt was later diagnosed with Huntington’s chorea, an incurable inherited genetic disorder with a life expectancy of 20 years after the first symptoms.

Despite extra help from Nurse Trixie, Mr Lunt was unable to care for his two children and the newborn and the family were ripped apart by the condition.

At the end of the episode, Mrs Lunt had to let her children be taken away into care as she was sent to an institute.

Viewers praised the series for highlighting Huntingtons to  a large audience.



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Elsewhere, there was more heartbreak for Nurse Trixie has she pleaded with Christopher to return to his wife.

An emotional Trixie was seen returning to alcohol to cope with yet another painful break-up.

Meanwhile, the Turners new au pair Magda (Nina Yndis), took drastic action to get rid of an unwanted child and placed herself in serious danger.

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The combination of these three harrowing storylines prompted many viewers to hail the episode as one of the show’s strongest of all time.


In next week's episode Sister Julienne is drawn into the heart of a different culture when she is called upon to help a Pakistani family. Having come to terms with her own childlessness, Mumtaz Gani is heartbroken when her husband Saddiq brings home a second wife who is eight months pregnant. Sister Julienne must help Mumtaz come to terms with this new addition to her family.

Elsewhere, Trixie struggles to cope after her break-up with Christopher and looks for comfort at the bottom of a bottle. But it is not long before she can no longer conceal her struggle with sobriety. Sister Julienne and Dr Turner are convinced Sister Monica Joan needs cataract surgery, but before having the first consultation she must acknowledge that her vision is impaired.

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