Gail Rodwell (Helen Worth) issued son Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) with some advice in Coronation Street tonight (October 23), as she told him to be honest about how he thinks Leanne (Jane Danson) is fighting a losing battle.
Nick has done everything he can to support Leanne, as she refuses to give up on Oliver. However, the young man once again found himself on the receiving end of her wrath.
With an article about how Sam (Jude Riordan) is supporting Oliver having made its way into the gazette, there was animosity aplenty between Leanne and Nick.
Natasha Blakeman (Rachel Leskovac) popped by to apologise, confirming that she didn’t tell her journalist mate Suki to write that piece, and in an effort to make amends, she offered to donate £20,000 to Oliver’s fund.
Nick was taken aback, and took some time to think on the matter, but Leanne soon learned about Natasha’s offer, and she seethed with rage.
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.
Her anger was once again directed at Nick, as she berated him for keeping such a thing from her, believing that his actions signify that he’s given up on Oliver.
She ordered Nick to accept Natasha’s offer, and he ultimately did so, but he later opened up to Gail about how he worries Leanne is fighting a losing battle.
An emotional Gail informed him that he must be honest with Leanne on the matter — but will he ultimately open up to Leanne?
Coronation Street continues Monday October 26 at 7:30pm and 8:30pm on ITV.
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