Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson) broke down in tears in Coronation Street tonight (November 11) as she believed that she had betrayed Oliver while being questioned in court.
Leanne has been determined to fight for Oliver, and this week, viewers have seen the court hearing regarding the young boys future unfold.
Monday’s double-bill (November 9) saw Wendy and Dr Howarth (Caroline Harding) take to the stand, with the latter revealing that she believes its in Oliver’s best interests to have his life support withdrawn.
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.
In the aftermath of the gruelling day, Leanne revealed to Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) that she fears that Oliver will die if things don’t go as she hopes in court.
Tonight’s instalments saw the worried mum take to the stand, in an effort to prove to the judge that Oliver’s life support should not be withdrawn.
However, when the Trust barrister asked her if Oliver’s movements are reactionary, Leanne was forced to admit that that is a possibility.
Afterwards, she was riddled with guilt, and attempted to explain why she believes they’re not involuntary, and used her diary — which she recorded all of Oliver’s movements in — in an effort to prove her view that Oliver knows she’s present.
She pleaded with Elliot to allow her another opportunity to speak, but he revealed that wouldn’t be necessary, and therefore she broke down, commenting that she feels as if she has betrayed her own son.
Coronation Street continues Friday November 13 at 7:30pm on ITV.
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