DEVASTATING bombshell to rock the whole of Coronation Street next week

Coronation Street
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Life will never be the same for Steve and Leanne...

The heartbreaking news that Oliver Battersby has got mitochondrial disease sends shockwaves around Coronation Street next week.

Soap fans have watched Oliver suffer seizures over the last few months, leaving his parents Leanne Battersby and Steve McDonald, terrified.

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Leanne and Steve have been in and out of hospital with Oliver for the last few months (Picture: ITV)

But next week's episodes will see doctors finally give Oliver's family some answers about his health, and the news is crushing.

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Steve and Leanne brace themselves as they're called into the doctors office, where the specialist reveals their son has got mitochondrial disease.

Steve and Leanne's world falls apart

The official ITV website for Coronation Street has revealed the effect of Oliver's devastating diagnosis will spread throughout Weatherfield...

"Oliver is diagnosed with an incurable form of mitochondrial disease.

Coronation Street spoilers: Leanne and Steve McDonald receive devastating news…

Steve and Leanne get devastating news from the doctors next week (Picture: ITV)

"As the news reaches extended family members, it brings out unique emotions and unexpected shoulders to cry on.

"When informed of Oliver's diagnosis, Steve and Leanne do their best to take in the news, but Leanne demands a second opinion."

But it's not just Steve and Leanne who are about to have their world turned upside down by the heartbreaking news...

"Toyah breaks the news to Imran that they will have to put their own child fostering plans on hold.

"Later Toyah calls at Leanne's and realises that she can't raise the subject of fostering, she just needs to be there for her sister."

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Leanne is in denial about Oliver's diagnosis and wants a second opinion (Picture: ITV)

Simon also feels the ripple effects of the crushing news...

"Simon overhears Leanne and Steve talking, Simon is deeply offended by an unthoughtful remark... but what will his emotions lead him to do next?"

Peter and Nick make amends?

Nick is also devastated by the news, and it leads him to build bridges with enemy Peter...

"As he struggles to comprehend the diagnosis, Nick finds himself making amends with Peter.

"Is Peter the unlikely ally that Nick needs drumming this time?"

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Oliver's diagnosis sends shockwaves around Weatherfield (Picture: ITV)

Emma and Jenny also bond over the news about Oliver.

Jenny, who has suffered her own loss during her time, assures Emma that in time Steve and the rest of the family will get through this latest bombshell.

But how will the family move forward knowing Oliver's condition will only get worse over time?

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.