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Kym Marsh was over the moon when she announced her engagement to her Army Major beau Scott Ratcliff, 32, this week.
But the 44-year-old star's joyful news was bittersweet for the actress as she exclusively revealed to OK! that her beloved father David is suffering from terminal cancer.
Kym – who has been with her now fiancé for three years – revealed her dad's cancer has now spread to his bones.
The Corrie star has previously praised the NHS several times for helping herself and her family members, including David, after he suffered two heart attacks.
During his first heart attack, Kym said she lost her father for three-and-a-half minutes before he was brought back to life.
"The NHS saved my dad's life, they saved my daughter's life, they saved my son's life, and they saved my life, I am forever in their debt," she shared with Manchester Evening news.
Kym also credited the NHS for saving her own life following the loss of her son Archie.
“They are the reason that I am here alive today,” she added.
"They got me through the most horrendous experience of my life when my son Archie passed away just minutes after being born in February 2009.
“Even when the doctors and nurses knew there wasn't any hope of saving his life they never stopped giving their all to care for me, both physically and mentally.”
The sad news comes after Kym announced Scott popped the question to her over the weekend on her birthday.
"I'm absolutely over the moon – I can't believe it," she told OK! after saying yes to her fiance.
"It's been the best birthday surprise ever. I can't stop smiling!"
Strictly Come Dancing star Janette Manrara congratulated Kym on Instagram by writing: "This makes me so happy!"
Kym previously opened up on her romance with Scott, as she gushed: "I really believe that we're made for each other.
"We don’t argue, we’re similar, we laugh at the same things.
"We’re used to time apart but despite that we’re as close as we are,” she said.
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