HORROR in Coronation Street as THIS Weatherfield favourite is left fighting for their life

Everyone fears the worst when Emma Brooker collapses from a mystery illness...

There's panic on the cobbles as Coronation Street favourite Emma Brooker is rushed to hospital for an emergency operation next week after a misdiagnosis from Dr Ali Neeson.

The drama starts when Maria Connor asks Ali to take a look at Emma after she arrives at work with a pain in her side.

But while Ali should be the perfect person to come to with your ailments, his mind is elsewhere when he discovers Maria has landed herself a date with Gary Windass.

Coronation Street, Maria Connor, Emma

Maria is worried about Emma when she arrives at work in pain next week (Picture: ITV)

Ali, who is secretly still in love with Maria, is heartbroken that she has moved on so fast, and so dismisses Emma's pain and tells her that she probably just has food poisoning.

With the pain getting worse, Emma heads home to rest up, while Toyah tells Ali that he should come clean to Maria about how he feels before it is too late.

However, it's not long before his love life is the least of Ali's problems when Emma's condition deteriorates rapidly.

Coronation Street Toyah

Toyah encourages Ali to tell Maria how he feels (Picture: ITV)

Maria and Gary are horrified to find her collapsed on the floor of the flat later that day and they immediately call an ambulance.

Steve McDonald isn't far behind as his daughter is raced into hospital, where everyone is stunned to discover that Emma has a ruptured appendix and needs an emergency operation to save her life.

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Steve is beside himself with worry, but his panic soon turns to anger when he finds out that Ali dismissed Emma's symptoms as food poisoning.

As Steve comes face-to-face with Ali in the hospital all hell breaks loose when Steve blames him for landing Emma in so much danger and tells him he's going to report him for medical negligence.

Coronation Street Spoilers: Steve McDonald is furious with Ali after Emma is rushed to the hospital

Steve blames Ali for Emma's brush with death (Picture: ITV)

With Ali's life spiralling out of control before his very eyes, will this be enough of a shock for him to clean up his act and ditch the drugs?

And will Emma survive her operation? Or is Steve about to loose the daughter he has only just found?

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm 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 whattowatch.com 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.