Spoilers: Leanne is destroyed as doctor reveals Oliver death tragedy in Corrie
Leanne Tilsley (Jane Danson) was left in shock in Coronation Street as the doctor informed her and Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) that they need to prepare themselves, as Oliver might not recover following his latest seizure.
Leanne has been looking forward to taking Oliver on a trip to Cornwall, and she, Nick (Ben Price) and Steve have been making preparations for said trip over the last couple of weeks.
As they prepared to set off in tonight’s hour-long episode (September 11), there was panic aplenty, as Oliver’s seizure alarm went off — resulting in them having to make another trip to the hospital.
Matters went from bad to worse when the doctors informed Leanne and Steve that Oliver’s seizure hadn’t stopped, and therefore they had to sedate him.
Leanne wanted to sit by his bedside, and later, both she and Steve had another meeting with the doctor.
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.
This time, the doc informed them that they’d attempt to reduce sedation and remove the tube the following day, but told them that they should prepare for the possibility that Oliver might not recover this time.
Steve was devastated, as was Leanne, but she ultimately refused to believe that Oliver wouldn’t recover — arguing that he will, no matter what.
Will Steve be able to help Leanne?
Coronation Street continues Monday September 14 at 7:30pm & 8:30pm on ITV.
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