Leanne Tilsley (Jane Danson) is left devastated by Oliver Battersby’s diagnosis in Coronation Street, and Toyah (Georgia Taylor) soon finds herself on the receiving end of her anger.
Leanne has been incredibly worried about Oliver’s wellbeing over the last couple of months, but she’s come to believe that the young boy is starting to show signs of improvement.
However, she arrived at Dr Ward’s (Zita Sattar) office during the latest episode, and scenes this week will see her learn that Oliver has an incurable form of 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.
Following the news, Leanne is devastated, and refuses to believe what she’s heard — demanding a second opinion.
What’s more, she lashes out at those closest to her — unable to accept what is happening.
Coronation Street has revealed that in the coming episodes, Dr Gaddas arrives at Leanne’s, and offers support — advising that she should consider counselling sessions.
Leanne is furious at such a suggestion and outright refuses.
Later, Toyah finds herself on the receiving end of Leanne’s anger.
But just what has she said?
What’s more, will Toyah be able to forgive her sister?
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