When Maxie said an emotional farewell to her baby girl Louise in the July 19 episode, that was also Kirsten Storms saying goodbye to GENERAL HOSPITAL. The exit is only temporary, and was also expected because the actress had to take time off of work in order to undergo brain surgery.
Back on June 4, Storms stunned her fans by revealing that she had just had surgery to remove a large cyst in her head that she assured everyone was not cancerous. Days later, as she continued to heal, the actress gave more background about how her doctor discovered the mass and promised she would be back on GH as soon as she was fully recovered. And after a couple of weeks, Storms reported that she was already experiencing a “noticeable difference” in the symptoms that had been plaguing her for years. And one month after the surgery, she shared yet another update to pass along that her doctor says she’s “healing really well.”
On-screen, Maxie delivered her baby in the woods and passed Louise on to Brook Lynn to pass off as Valentin’s child in order to protect the infant from Peter. However, because Storms required time off for the surgery and the subsequent period of recovery, the soap had to write in an exit for her alter ego. This is why Maxie began finding it hard to tear herself away from Louise, threatening to expose their baby swap, and decided to leave Port Charles with her other children, Georgie and James.
Soap Opera Digest is reporting that Storms’ absence will be for “an undisclosed length of time” but once she has fully recovered, she’ll be back to work and Maxie will return to step back into the storyline, wherever it might be at that point. Because now Nina knows the truth and is worried that Valentin will be heartbroken to learn Bailey isn’t really his daughter. Plus, Austin, the doctor who helped Maxie give birth, is now working at GH and might reveal something about that day! So who knows what kind of mess Maxie could be coming back to! Keep watching GH to see how the story unfolds and keep checking back at SoapsInDepth.com for updates on when Storms returns to work!
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