Leanne Tilsley (Jane Danson) opened up in Coronation Street about how she really feels after learning that Oliver has an incurable form of mitochondrial disease.
After learning the devastating news, Leanne refused to accept that Oliver’s illness is terminal.
She’s lashed out at all those around her — including Steve (Simon Gregson), Nick (Ben Price) and Toyah (Georgia Taylor), all who have been nothing but supportive.
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.
With Toyah having been crushed by Leanne’s harsh words — and Simon (Alex Bain) showing no signs of returning home — Nick confronted his wife tonight, determined to make her talk about how she’s feeling.
Leanne broke down in emotional scenes, revealing that she’s sorry for all the hurtful things she’s said, but that she’s lashing out so that she doesn’t have to accept the truth.
What’s more, she revealed that she’s angry, because Oliver might never get to experience what Simon gets to experience, as he might not live long enough.
She revealed that if Oliver’s going to die, then it makes her realise that she wants to die also.
Nick did what he could to comfort Leanne as she broke down — promising that they’ll be there for each other from here on out.
Coronation Street continues Friday 10 July at 7:30pm on ITV.
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