Coronation Street’s Leanne faces up to Oliver’s death in heartbreaking scenes


CORONATION Street’s Leanne Battersby faces up to her son’s death in heartbreaking scenes on the Cobbles this week.

Soap fans were left sobbing last week as the news of baby Oliver Battersby’s terminal diagnosis sent shockwaves through Weatherfield.

Oliver could have a fatal fit at any moment after he was found to have mitochondrial disorder, with his anguished mother Leanne (Jane Danson) saying she had “nothing to live for” if he died.

This sent her adoptive son, Simon Barlow (Alex Bain), into meltdown and he abandoned her, with Nick Tilsey (Ben Price) then attacking Peter Barlow for telling Leanne.

With all of this to deal with, Leanne is pushed to the edge as she begins to lash out at those closet to her.

Viewers will see Leanne lose her patience this week as Oliver stays with dad Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson).

Upset by his diagnosis, she ends up heading to Steve’s home at the break of dawn in her pyjamas and a stressed state.

But before she can make it, Nick manages to stop her and assures her Oliver is safe with Steve.

After her outburst, Nick speaks to Dr Gaddas and the doctor agrees that Leanne needs support.

Although they have her best interest at heart, Leanne flips when they suggest therapy and medication to help her cope.

But she refuses and reiterates that she wants to focus on Oliver.

Her sister Toyah then attempts to help Leanne but she pushes her away and snaps, telling her that she can never understand how she feels.

Bereft at the thought of her son’s death, Leanne hurls nasty comments towards her sister, leaving them both in tears and Leanne feeling isolated once again.

Eventually Toyah accepts Leanne’s apology and suggests that Leanne should attend a support group for parents who have children with terminal illness.

Despite Leanne’s protests, Toyah knows the group leader Josie and brings her round to see her.

Although initially defensive, Leanne lets her guard down when Josie starts relaying her own tragic story.

But can Josie help Leanne to process Oliver’s fate and process the grief that is ripping her life apart?

Find out what happens on Corrie TONIGHT at 7.30pm on ITV


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