Coronation Street: Kate Ford on Tracy’s health crisis – “She’s on her deathbed”

A kidney infection lands Tracy in hospital - but daughter Amy refuses to visit her

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Coronation Street vixen Tracy Barlow will find herself on the critical list when she’s rushed to hospital. After burning her bridges with her nearest and dearest, Tracy ends up collapsing in the ginnel, where she’s eventually found unconscious by Robert and Beth. Later on, medics tell Tracy that she’s suffering with a kidney infection, but while Ken is filled with guilt for not realising that she was ill, Amy refuses to visit her mum in hospital. Can the relationship between Tracy and Amy be restored? Here’s actress Kate Ford with the latest:

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Tracy’s going to suffer with health problems next week – is this related to her kidney?
Yes, she’s only got the one kidney because when she was younger she took an ecstasy tablet in a nightclub and had organ failure, so the kidney she’s got is Samir’s kidney. Tracy gets an infection in her kidney which means that she becomes very poorly as it isn’t functioning properly.

What does she think when she first feels pain in the flower shop?
She’s been feeling pain for a while and feeling tired but she’s been taking her medication, so isn’t overly worried until she suddenly doubles over in agony in the flower shop.

What does she think when she’s referred to a transplant clinic?
She tries to make light of it, claiming as soon as she’s ill the doctors always presume it’s her kidney but deep down I think she’s more worried than she’s letting on.

Why doesn’t she confide in Ken?
He’s so cross with her after the wedding, especially as it’s meant he’s now seeing less of Amy. Tracy takes that to mean he doesn’t care, so bar Beth who’s proving to be quite a good friend, Tracy decides she’ll deal with it on her own.

How scared is Tracy when she wakes up in hospital? Is she going to be OK?
Well she doesn’t die. I think for Tracy the only positive that comes out of it is that she hopes it will bring her and Amy back together. But Amy is quite a tough cookie and she doesn’t come to the hospital to see her, even though Tracy is on her deathbed, which really affects Tracy. She’s desperate to try to make amends with Amy but it doesn’t seem to work.

How does she feel to be rejected by both Robert and Amy? How lonely is Tracy feeling at this point?
She’s very lonely and very emotional when she’s at the hospital. Robert visits her and she’s hopeful it means they have a future together but it’s not going to be that simple, especially with Amy who Tracy fears she may have lost forever.

Do you think Amy could turn out to be like her mum?
I think that Amy is becoming like a mini Tracy in the sense that she’s got all the answers and knows all the tricks. Tracy’s met her match in a way. She’s not devious like Tracy, but she’s done a bit of blackmailing for money; Liz, Ken’s ex Nessa, then Michelle over Will. Tracy is really proud of it and thinks it’s really good Amy’s got one over on Michelle.

What’s it like working with Elle Mulvaney?
She’s a really good actress Elle, she really gets it.

What about Ken? Is he head in his hands with Tracy now as well?
I think even Ken has had enough, everybody has at this point. Beth and Eccles are all she’s got. She’s got Todd but he’s snide, I wouldn’t trust him. Everybody else has washed their hands of her.

Do you like Tracy and Beth’s friendship?
Beth is the only real friend Tracy has got and it’s taken years for her to have just one friend, Tracy’s not a girlie girl.

What reaction do you get to Tracy on the street?
It’s not bad, you’d be surprised. I think maybe people are frightened of me!

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