Leanne Tilsley (Jane Danson) and Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) were left on Coronation Street, fearing for Oliver’s son’s life when the boy was taken to hospital and transferred to intensive care after another attack.
Leanne was terrified at the beginning of the week when she took care of Oliver, but then she found out he’d had another attack. The boy was taken to the hospital where further tests were carried out to find the cause of the attacks.
Nick (Ben Price) suggested that it could be epilepsy, but it soon became clear that the doctors thought something else was going on.
After Oliver’s release, Steve decided to take the precaution of staying with Leanne and – during today’s episode – the boy looked much better – which was certainly a relief for Leanne and Steve.
But the destruction doesn’t stop when Nick Oliver wants to read a fairy tale and soon the boy starts to try again.
Toya (Georgia Taylor) called for an ambulance, but Lianne was worried because Oliver didn’t stop trying when he was taken to the hospital.
What is a mitochondrial disease?
Mitochondrial diseases are due to mitochondrial insufficiency, specialized compartments present in all cells of the body (except red blood cells).
The mitochondria are responsible for the production of more than 90% of the energy needed by the body to maintain the life and functioning of the organs. If they fail, less and less energy is produced in the cell. Cellular damage and even cell death is the result. If this process is repeated throughout the body, whole organ systems begin to fail.
The parts of the body that are most affected are the heart, brain, muscles and lungs, which need the most energy.
Symptoms vary depending on the affected organ or organs, but may include seizures, atypical cerebral palsy, autism, developmental disorders, fainting and temperature instability.
According to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, the prognosis depends on the severity of the disease and other criteria. While more and more research funds are being raised to find more effective treatments and possibly therapies, some of the children and adults involved are living quite normal lives with mitochondrial disorders.
In other cases, children cannot see, hear, speak or walk. Affected children may not survive puberty. The arrival of an adult can lead to dramatic changes in a short period of time – from an active lifestyle to a debilitating disease.
Treatment plans vary from patient to patient, but include therapy, dietary changes and other ways to slow the progress of the disease.
More information about the NHS can be found here.
After Steve went home to lie down, his closest and dearest relatives were unable to contact him, but they quickly informed him of what was going on, so he went straight to the hospital.
He apologizes for being late, but Leanne doesn’t worry too much because his attention is always focused on the welfare of his son.
Shortly after, the doctor arrived and told Leanne and Steve that the attack was ongoing, so they moved Oliver to the ICU.
Leanne seemed more excited than ever, but is the boy gonna make it?
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