Leanne Buttersby (Jane Danson) had broken her heart on Coronation Street tonight (November 14) when Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) refused to support her appeal after the judge decided that Oliver’s life support measures would be lifted.
The episode of today’s ITV soap series is a special one-hour section dedicated exclusively to Oliver’s story.
The day Lianna feared had come because the judge had made a decision after an exhausting week in court.
Leanne, Steve and Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) met when the judge described the difficulties of the case in detail, like Oliver’s case.
She also talked about the fact that we can’t tell if Oliver is still alive – which, of course, was in the note with Steve.
The closest and dearest Oliver gathered for the verdict (Photo: ITV)
So she decided it was in the boy’s best interest to rob him of his livelihood.
Lianna was upset and talked to Imran Habib (Charlie de Melo) about an appeal against her conviction.
What is a mitochondrial disease?
Mitochondrial diseases are due to mitochondrial insufficiency, specialized compartments present in all cells of the body (except red blood cells).
The mitochondria are responsible for the production of more than 90% of the energy needed by the body to maintain the life and functioning of the organs. If they fail, less and less energy is produced in the cell. Cellular damage and even cell death is the result. If this process is repeated throughout the body, whole organ systems begin to fail.
The parts of the body that are most affected are the heart, brain, muscles and lungs, which need the most energy.
Symptoms vary depending on the affected organ or organs, but may include seizures, atypical cerebral palsy, autism, developmental disorders, fainting and temperature instability.
According to the Lily Foundation, the prognosis depends on the severity of the disease and other criteria. While more and more research funds are being raised to find more effective treatments and possibly therapies, some of the children and adults involved are living quite normal lives with mitochondrial disorders.
In other cases, children cannot see, hear, speak or walk. Affected children may not survive puberty. The arrival of an adult can lead to dramatic changes in a short period of time – from an active lifestyle to a debilitating disease.
Treatment plans vary from patient to patient, but include therapy, dietary changes and other ways to slow the progress of the disease.
More information about the NHS can be found here.
Steve wasn’t convinced it was the best idea after hearing what a giant had said, but at first he agreed.
However, when he arrived at the hospital, he reconsidered his decision and told Leanne that he thought the appeal was unjustified and that it was time to let Oliver go.
Leanne was broken and marked Steve as angry before telling him to leave her alone.
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