Skip to main content

Unexpected Coronation Street pair REUNITED after THIS tragic bombshell?

Coronation Street
(Image credit: ITV)

Steve and Leanne are united in their grief...

Next week's Coronation Street will see Steve McDonald and Leanne Battersby have their world turned upside down when doctors reveal their son Oliver might have mitochondrial disease.

The pair have spent the last few weeks worried sick about their three-year-old son as he continued to suffer with seizures.

Coronation Street spoilers: Leanne Battersby calls the paramedics for Oliver

Steve and Leanne have been left worried by Oliver's fits over recent weeks (Picture: ITV)

First Oliver suffered a fit while he was being looked after by baby-sitter Summer, then he suffered more while at home with Leanne.

WHAT IS ON TONIGHT? Check out our NEW and improved TV Guide

There have also been warning signs along the way, with Oliver's pre-school telling Leanne that he was sadly failing to meet a lot of his developmental milestones.

Leanne and Steve McDonald receive devastating news…

The parents panic when their son is taken for a brain scan (Picture: ITV)

After being in and out of hospital where he has undergone tests recently, next week's Coronation Street sees doctors sedate Oliver and take him for a brain scan.

But a terrified Steve and Leanne are horrified when they realise their living nightmare is only just beginning, because after Oliver undergoes some genetic blood tests, doctors reveal that his condition is worse than they first thought.

Leanne Battersby and Nick argue over Oliver

Steve and Leanne are devastated when doctors reveal they think Oliver has mitochondrial disease (Picture: ITV)

As the two families pull together, they're all devastated to get the diagnosis of mitochondrial disease.

But soon Steve is googling the condition and is given hope when he reads than many people can live full and normal lives.

As Steve and Leanne jokily reminisce about Oliver's childhood, the parents try to be positive about their son's future.

Coronation Street spoilers: Leanne Battersby and Nick argue over Oliver

Nick and Leanne argue over Oliver... will this push Leanne and Steve closer together? (Picture: ITV)

But Nick is taking a much more serious approach to the whole thing and  there is a rift forming between Leanne and Nick.

With Steve and Leanne united in their fear for Oliver, could his diagnosis bring the pair closer together?

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
Claire Crick

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.