Coronation Street: Les Battersby’s Corrie return explained as his daughter Leanne struggles with Oliver’s illness

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CORONATION Street fans are convinced that Les and Janice Batterbsy will be returning to the cobbles to support their daughter Leanne through Oliver’s illness. 

Leanne’s world came crashing down when her son was diagnosed with an incurable form of mitochondrial disorder. But are her dad and stepmum going to return to the cobbles? Here’s everything you need to know…

Coronation Street are yet to confirm the return of any of Leanne’s family members, but that hasn’t stopped fans speculating that Les and Janice will turn up to support her. 

One fan tweeted: “We assume Janice and Les will return to help Leanne through her difficult time.”

Another added: “I wonder if Les will turn up to comfort his daughter Leanne?”

A third viewer tweeted: “Leanne really needs Janice or Les around. #Corrie.”

We assume Janice and Les will return to help Leanne through her difficult time…… 🤔 #Corrie

Leanne really needs Janice or Les around. #Corrie #CoronationStreet @itvcorrie

After weeks of denial as Oliver underwent testing for mitochondrial disease, Leanne’s hopes and dreams were shattered when the consultant officially diagnosed Oliver with an incurable form of the disease.

In a state of shock following Oliver’s official diagnosis, Leanne demanded a second opinion and refused to accept the doctor’s verdict.

When the tragic news finally sunk in, Leanne told Steve that Oliver is all she ever wanted and that when he dies she’ll have nothing left – deeply wounding her stepson Simon in the process.

The soap has been working closely with The Lily Foundation, a charity that supports families and funds medical research into mitochondrial disease, in order to ensure the storyline accurately portrays the experience of families with children affected by the disease.

Liz Curtis, CEO and co-founder of The Lily Foundation said: “All of us at The Lily Foundation are excited to be working with Coronation Street on a storyline about a child with a mitochondrial disorder, and grateful to the show for highlighting an issue that affects hundreds of families in the UK.

“For everyone who has worked hard for years to raise awareness about mitochondrial diseases, in particular for families living with a diagnosis and those who have lost a child, having their story told on one of the nation’s most popular soap operas is truly momentous news.

“There is currently no cure for mitochondrial diseases, so those diagnosed face an uncertain future.

“There is currently no cure for mitochondrial diseases, so those diagnosed face an uncertain future.

“We see this as a very positive step in our ongoing fight to raise awareness about mitochondrial diseases, support affected families and fund research to find a cure.”

The incurable form of mitochondrial disease will eventually take Oliver’s life. 

Soap boss Ian MacLeod said of the storyline: “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.”

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