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Spoilers: Leanne is broken by Oliver's heartbreaking death in Corrie

Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson) is crushed in Coronation Street, as she bids farewell to beloved son Oliver, who dies in upcoming tragic scenes.

Leanne is desperate to keep the fight going for Oliver, but without support from Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson), she’s ultimately unable to do so.

What’s more, Dr Howarth (Caroline Harding) believes that there’s something wrong with Oliver’s liver function, and the young boy later arrests.

Steve pleads with Leanne to allow their son to die with dignity, and thus she makes a huge decision, as she drops the appeal.

Oliver’s last day arrives, and Leanne struggles with the prospect of saying goodbye.

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.

She returns home to fetch her little boy’s favourite pyjamas, but finds herself unable to return to the hospital — knowing what it means.

However, she ultimately finds the strength, and she and Steve sit by Oliver’s bedside, singing his favourite song — You are my Sunshine — as he passes away.

Afterwards, she returns home and curls up on Oliver’s bed, and breaks down in tears.

One to watch: Friday November 27 at 8:30pm on ITV.

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