LEANNE Battersby announces she’s launching an appeal next week in Coronation Street after the court rules that Oliver’s life support should be withdrawn.
The doctors have made clear that Oliver – who has been diagnosed with an incurable form of mitochondrial disease – will die no matter what. So will Leanne really continue to fight a losing battle? Here’s the lowdown..
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What is Leanne’s heartbreaking decision in Corrie?
Corrie viewers know that Steve and Leanne launched a court battle last month to save Oliver and stop his life support being switched off after doctors concluded that his condition would never improve.
But next week, the court will rule that Oliver’s life support should be withdrawn despite Steve’s pleas to give them time to find a cure.
Leanne will then have to decide whether to go through with the next stage of her plan, which will be to launch an appeal.
Viewers will see Steve finally accept the truth and tell Leanne it’s time to let Oliver go.
But will she remain in denial?
With Corrie keeping shtum, viewers will have to tune in to find out.
What has Jane Danson said about the storyline?
Speaking to What’s On TV, actress Jane Danson – who plays Leanne – has said she is ‘proud’ of the storyline.
She explained: “From a creative point of view, I’ll probably never get a story as strong and as powerful as this again. It has been such a gift of a story to explore, and an honour to be trusted with something so delicate.”
She added: “In terms of logistics [because of the pandemic], it has been quite difficult, working in a way in which we can’t have physical contact, and can’t have children on set as much as we’d like. So that has been hard, but we have got used to it.
“Being in a hospital for 12 hours a day, talking about a dying child, is pretty heavy, but we’ve balanced it with lighter moments. We’ve all tackled this knowing that it’s a real story that happens to real families, so we owe it to them to tell it as truthfully as we can.
“Obviously, we’ve had the twisty soap elements mixed in, but in terms of a story about Oliver’s illness, we’re really proud of what we’ve been able to do during such strange times.”
What has Ian MacLeod said about the storyline?
Speaking about the storyline, soap boss Ian MacLeod said: “This is a story about a family coming to terms with the most difficult news anyone can face and the ways in which this strengthens and shatters relationships in unpredictable ways.
“We want to do justice to the stories of the many thousands of families who have to deal with diagnoses similar to Oliver’s, be it a mitochondrial disorder or another life-limiting condition.
“It is something that, as a society, we find difficult to talk about but which is all too common.
“The taboo around these illnesses can mean awareness is low, which means funding for research is low. Aside from telling a brilliant, moving and emotionally complex story, we really hope to draw attention to this subject to change this situation for the better.”