Coronation Street fans left in tears after THIS heartbreaking moment last night

Coronation Street
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Steve and Leanne are living every parent's worst nightmare...

Last night's Coronation Street saw Steve McDonald and Leanne Battersby told their three-year-old son, Oliver, has rare genetic disorder called mitochondrial disease.

The life-limiting illness has been the cause of Oliver's seizures and recent hospital trips, but while Steve and Leanne were desperate to know what was causing their son's health issues, this is the last thing they wanted to hear.

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Steve and Leanne are caught up in a living nightmare (Picture: ITV)

As Steve and Leanne struggled to process the horrifying information, Steve was left with more questions to ask, while Leanne went into denial.

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The heartbroken mum couldn't accept the fact her son's life was being cut short and demanded a second opinion.

But sadly the second doctor confirmed the diagnosis and Steve and Leanne's worlds fell apart all over again.

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Steve and Leanne's world fell apart when they were given Oliver's diagnosis last night (Picture: ITV)

Fans were in tears last night as they watched the heartbreaking scenes unfold...

Back on the cobbles, Steve wanted to spend as much time with his son as he could.

But Leanne was understandably struggling and started to push everyone away from her.

Devastation hits the cobbles 

Simon cooked a meal and Toyah came to offer her support, but their help was thrown back in their faces as Leanne took her devastation out on those closest to her.

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Leanne pushed those she loved away as she tried to process the news (Picture: ITV)

But it's not just Oliver's parents who were left heartbroken by the news.

Emma (Alexandra Mardell) was also upset to learn Oliver will never recover, while Toyah (Georgia Taylor) and Imran will be forced to put their fostering dreams on hold out of respect for Leanne.

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How will Leanne cope with the news Oliver's life will be cut short? (Picture: ITV)

The pair had finally got a date to face the fostering panel, but their dreams have been shelved for the time being, leaving them hit with a double dose of heartache.

Coronation Street will temporarily air a reduced schedule of three episodes a week.

Watch on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm on ITV. 

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.