LEANNE Battersby comforts her ex Steve McDonald as he reaches breaking point over Oliver’s illness.
Leanne and Steve’s worlds came crashing down when Oliver was diagnosed with an incurable form of mitochondrial disease last month – which will eventually take his life.
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Viewers have watched both parents struggle to come to terms with Oliver’s illness in the wake of his diagnosis.
This week, Leanne found herself suddenly unable to talk about Oliver’s illness when an old friend asked after him.
The grieving mum was left kicking herself and feeling overwhelmed with shame and guilt after making out that he’s doing fine.
Next week’s episodes of Corrie will see a fraught Steve call in the cafe for a sausage roll.
But when Nina explains that they’re having a vegetarian day, Steve storms out before returning to wave around a packet of sausages.
Meanwhile, Toyah meets up with the social worker, who promises to go ahead with the fostering plan as soon as she receives the reference from Leanne.
Later, Leanne is shocked when she arrives at the cafe to find Steve making a scene and protesting about vegetarian day from behind the counter.
Realising it must be due to the situation with Oliver, Leanne pulls him out of the cafe and takes him back to hers.
Steve is grateful for her support when she lets him know that he can always talk to her.
Speaking about the storyline following Oliver’s diagnosis, actress Jane Danson told Hot TV: "Given what she’s being told by the doctors, she can’t escape how serious this is now.
"It’s just something that’s incredibly sad, something that’s unthinkable for most of us.
"It’s also so hard for them to get their heads round. This has come out of nowhere.
"It’s really sad and it has a massive effect on everyone. It’s not just about this little boy, it’s about everybody and how they all cope with this."
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