The court case involving Oliver’s right to life in Coronation Street is on a knife edge as Leanne Battersby and Steve McDonald’s lawyer urged the court to “give him all the time he needs”.
Leanne was in floods at the thought she had betrayed her son, who is comatose due to suffering mitochondrial disease (a disorder caused by mutations in the tiny organelles crucial for our body’s energy) when she was quizzed by the hospital trust’s lawyer about whether Oliver’s movements were involuntary.
She broke down as she read out instances of his movements recorded in her diary which, while upsetting, were not proof that he was responding to external stimuli.
Leanne and Steve (Jane Danson and Simon Gregson) are desperate to prevent the hospital trust turning off Oliver’s life support and impassioned performances in court have led fans to ask for awards recognition for Danson.
If there's any justice, Jane Danson (Leanne) should win the best actress at the next Soap Awards. Her performances are just heart~wrenching. #CoronationStreet
— ????G'night Irene ???? (@boozybluesy) November 11, 2020
Leanne and Steve have faced one obstacle after another, whether it’s the court case or the lack of emotional support from people they thought should be in their corner. Step forward Leanne’s longterm beau, Nick Tilsley (Ben Price).
Leanne seems adamant that their relationship is over after he made it clear that he thought Oliver’s case was hopeless. Even Ben Price’s fans were aghast at tonight’s scene between Nick and Leanne’s sister Toyah.
Yes, yes, brilliant acting and all that
But that scene with Nick and Toyah, no
No, just no
Toyah telling Nick to unplug his stepson’s life support as occurring to her he is basically telling Leanne to do the same thing… pic.twitter.com/pxF8TlKXen
— Ben Price Fan Club (@benpricefanclub) November 11, 2020
Her ex, Steve, on the other hand, has been in her corner from day one.
This storyline in @itvcorrie is just heartbreaking! ????
— Caryl Ann Mason (@Crazytotsandme) November 11, 2020
Some Coronation Street fans were moved to defend Leanne’s emotionally-charged decisions.
One posted: “Think people need to understand that when it comes to a child rational thinking goes out of the window. Leanne is going through every parent’s nightmare, she doesn’t give a damn about burning bridges, all she wants is her baby to be okay. Heartbreaking viewing!”