Coronation Street star Jane Danson speaks out on huge new Oliver storyline

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Coronation Street spoilers follow.

Coronation Street star Jane Danson has spoken out about the devastating new storyline for Steve and Leanne's son Oliver Battersby.

In upcoming scenes on the ITV soap, Oliver will be diagnosed with mitochondrial disorder, a condition that affects cells and can lead to problems such as hearing loss, respiratory and vision issues, cognitive disabilities and specific malfunctions in the heart, brain, gut, liver and skin.

Appearing on This Morning today (May 11) Jane, who plays Leanne on the ITV soap, opened up to Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby about Oliver's storyline, and how it will affect his parents.

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"They're [Leanne and Steve] initially told that he probably overheated; it's very, very common, especially in small children, so Leanne sort of takes that as it's Steve's fault," she began.

"Obviously, as the story develops, we realise that that's not the case and these seizures become more and more frequent, and more and more concerning for both of them."

She continued: "Obviously we're on pause from filming at the moment, but we've got lots of episodes to come where they're kind of at war with each other a little bit, because they've both got different feelings as to what's wrong with him and how they should deal with it.

"But ultimately, it does bring them closer because they do get a diagnosis, which is quite devastating."

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The soap is working with The Lily Foundation on the storyline, and Jane stressed how important it is to raise awareness of the condition.

"It's a huge responsibility to be truthful and tell the story with compassion and understanding, and it's really, really upsetting," she said. "It's not hard to really tell that story with the wonderful scripts and the wonderful team that we've got."

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm on ITV.

For more information and support for those living with mitochondrial disorders, or for their loved ones, please visit The Lily Foundation.

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