Spoilers: Leanne fears Oliver will die after two devastating blows in Corrie
Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson) opened up about how she fears losing Oliver in Coronation Street tonight (November 9), after she received two devastating blows in court.
The court hearing commenced in tonight’s double-bill, but with animosity aplenty between she and Nick Tilsley (Ben Price), Leanne wasn’t in the best place.
Matters were made worse when she learned that Wendy had sided with the hospital, before receiving another huge blow when Dr Howarth (Caroline Harding) revealed that she believed that it would be in Oliver’s best interests to switch his life support off.
What is mitochondrial disease?
Mitochondrial diseases result from failures of the mitochondria, specialized compartments present in every cell of the body (except red blood cells).
Mitochondria are responsible for creating more than 90% of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support organ function. When they fail, less and less energy is generated within the cell. Cell injury and even cell death follow. If this process is repeated throughout the body, whole organ systems begin to fail.
The parts of the body, such as the heart, brain, muscles and lungs, requiring the greatest amounts of energy are the most affected.
Symptoms vary depending on the organ(s) affected but may include seizures, atypical cerebral palsy, autistic features, developmental problems, fainting and temperature instability.
According to The Lily Foundation, the prognosis depends upon the severity of the disease and other criteria. As more research funds are raised to find more effective treatments and ultimately a cure, some of the affected children and adults are living fairly normal lives with mitochondrial disease.
In other cases, children may not be able to see, hear, talk or walk. Affected children may not survive beyond their teenage years. Adult onset can result in drastic changes from an active lifestyle to a debilitating ilness is a short amount of time.
Treatment plans vary from patient to patient but involve therapies, diet changes and other means to try and slow the progress of the disease.
You can find out more information from the NHS here.
It was certainly a gruelling day for both Leanne and Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson), and with both of Oliver’s parents having fallen out with their respective partners, they returned home to Leanne’s flat and proceeded to get drunk.
Leanne made a pass at Steve, but she ultimately came to her senses. Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) noticed that her beau was behaving rather oddly, and therefore quizzed him.
Steve revealed that Leanne had made a pass at him, and thus Tracy set off for the hospital.
She confronted Leanne on the matter, but did so in a humorous fashion, commenting that she must be ‘in a really bad way’ to try it on with Steve.
The two women bonded, as Tracy revealed that she thinks Leanne is so brave, but Leanne revealed that she fears the court proceedings aren’t going to go her way.
Coronation Street continues Wednesday November 11 at 7:30pm and 8:30pm on ITV.
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