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Coronation Street airs distressing scenes as James Bailey's heart stops

A medical emergency saw the character collapse on the pitch.

James in Coronation Street
Published: Wednesday, 7th September 2022 at 9:00 pm
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There were distressing scenes for the Baileys in tonight's Coronation Street (7th September), when talented footballer James's (Nathan Graham) heart stopped and he collapsed on the pitch.


James was persuaded to step in when the Rovers's charity football team found themselves short of a player after Tim Metcalfe (Joe Duttine) stormed off due to a misunderstanding.

Fellow players including Dev Alahan (Jimmi Harkishin) and Shona Platt (Julia Goulding) were thrilled that James was joining them, and the match was well underway when everything came to a sudden stop. James fell to the ground as dad Ed (Trevor Michael Georges) and brother Michael (Ryan Russell) rushed to his side.

James Coronation Street
James collapsed during a football match. ITV

While Ed called an ambulance, Michael stepped in to give James CPR - but their mum Aggie (Lorna Laidlaw) was notably absent. On the way to the match, Aggie had spotted a downbeat Tim who mistakenly believed that pal Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) had been gossiping about his intimacy issues.

The nurse invited Tim for a brew and a chat, with no idea that her son was in the midst of a shocking emergency. As Aggie admitted to Tim that she wasn't really a football fan, despite being the mother of a professional player, James was being taken to hospital.

Eventually, she heard what had happened, with Ed quizzing her on where she had been as the devastated woman's heart sank over the situation. Doctors were still doing tests on James, with the only news so far being that his heart had stopped and that Michael's quick thinking had saved his life.

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He had since regained consciousness and Aggie was able to see her son. James was terrified and his mum tried to reassure him, but there was more upsetting news when a doctor arrived to explain that James may not be able to continue playing football in the future.

Will the medical team find out what caused his heart to stop? And will James really have to give up his dream career?

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