Fans of General Hospital have watched Kimberly McCullough grow up on the show (as Robin Scorpio) and emerge into a grown woman in real life. Many were very excited when she announced that she was expecting her first baby. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned and the actress has said that 2016 will be a year for healing.
On her personal blog, McCullough opened up about the fact that she was already grieving the loss of her 13-year-old dog, Melba, when she suffered a late-term miscarriage during her second trimester. After ending one relationship and entering a new one, the pregnancy news was a bit of a surprise. In fact, she only learned about it because the technicians at the hospital insisted that, prior to having an MRI scan of her brain, she needed to be tested. She not only discovered that she has a large posterior cyst on her brain but, also, that she was having a baby!
She wrote: “My heart was so full and then it broke… It was too much. I didn’t need to learn this lesson. I wasn’t interested but I wasn’t in control. These things happen and no, I don’t believe they happen ‘for a reason.’ I’m still processing, still healing, but anyone who has gone through it knows, losing a baby at 22 weeks is tragic. One thing I am proud of however was that I allowed myself to be happy and to relish the moment. I sat in all that goodness and I can recall those feelings (when I’m having different ones) and hope that it can be like that again.”
According to Dr. Laura Riley for Parents Magazine, late miscarriages are relatively rare and affect about two percent of pregnancies. She defined this, however, as those losses that occur between 14 and 20 weeks and McCullough was two weeks further into her pregnancy than that. It goes without saying, therefore, that the sad turn of events must have been a shock for the actress.
Despite her emotional pain, she reflected on all that happened in 2015 with a positive attitude. She wrote: “Not to go total Oprah on you, but at the end of this year and the beginning of the next, I am grateful for it all. Tired. But grateful.”
McCullough has not mentioned when or if she will try for another baby but she will be busy this year working on a movie. After a year of losses, hopefully, 2016 will be a happier time.