Spoilers: Leanne is broken in Corrie as she learns Oliver will die

Leanne Tilsley (Jane Danson) was devastated in Coronation Street, as she learned that Oliver Battersby has an incurable form of mitochondrial disease.

Leanne had been optimistic in recent episodes, believing that Oliver had been showing signs of improvement following a trip to the petting zoo.

She and Steve (Simon Gregson) made plans for a holiday to Cornwall, but before that, they headed to the hospital to have Oliver’s feeding tube removed.

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.

However, Dr Ward (Zita Sattar) requested their presence in her office, and while there, she informed them that Oliver has an incurable form of mitochondrial disease.

Leanne and Steve were reeling, as they struggled to process the news, and Leanne demanded a second opinion.

Word of Oliver’s diagnosis filtered throughout the street, with Emma (Alexandra Mardell) and Toyah (Georgia Taylor) particularly struggling to come to terms with the news.

Leanne lashed out at those around her, refusing to believe what the doctors had told her.

However, as the episode came to an end, she broke down — unable to come to terms with the thought of losing Oliver.

Coronation Street continues Wednesday 1 July at 7:30pm on ITV.

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