Casualty spoilers: Social services take Paula's baby away in devastating scenes

I don’t think I’ve ever wanted a happy ending for anyone more than I did for Paula (Rosie Jones) in tonight’s Casualty.

In a hugely emotional episode we saw Paula giving birth to her baby in a caravan park, with Dylan (William Beck) and Jan (Di Botcher) helping to deliver the little girl. At one point the baby’s shoulder got stuck in the birth canal. ‘That’s what happened to me when I was a baby,’ Paula said, terrified her daughter would be born with a disability.

The overriding fear was that the baby would be taken into care as soon as it was born. Paula had tried everything in her power for that not to happen, and Dylan was hugely sympathetic, but there was no choice but to take her to hospital and social worker Adi (Raj Bajaj) was soon telling Dylan that the court would order the removal of the baby – named Ena by her mum – that same day.

Paula’s despair and helplessness at not having any power to fight this decision was heartbreaking to see. Rosie Jones told that there are millions of people like Paula who are ‘great, formidable, strong, but then that sad side is because of her disability, they are underestimated and treated awfully by the services and the system and the government.’ She conveyed this perfectly in the scenes where Paula spent a few short, precious hours with baby Ena, knowing she would be taken away.

Right up till the moment when Adi handed Ena over to foster parents, the audience will have been hoping against hope that something could be done to keep Paula and her baby together. Now the only hope is that Dylan has vowed to help Paula fight to get her baby back. ‘Every decision from now on has to be made for Ena,’ he told her.

Maybe there could be a happy ending to Paula’s story after all.

Meanwhile, Robyn (Amanda Henderson) was getting to grips with some baby news of her own – she’s pregnant. This came as a shock, and she told Paige (Shalisha James-Davis) the baby’s father was someone she’d just had a few dates with and he was now abroad. She’s a single parent with a young daughter, Charlotte, already, so a new baby wouldn’t be ideal.

But she hasn’t decided what she’s going to do.

At least Robyn gets to decide for herself.

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