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What is wrong with Steve and Leanne's son Oliver in Corrie? Coronation Street recently confirmed a devastating diagnosis for Steve and Leanne's son Oliver Battersby. After the toddler is rushed to hospital while suffering another seizure, doctors are left to tell Steve (Simon Gregson) and Leanne (Jane Danson) some bad news. Following another seizure, Leanne and Steve, and their partners Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) and Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford), waited desperately for news about Ollie's condition. The three-year-old has been suffering from mysterious seizures, and after a series of tests, doctors are set to confirm his rare condition - mitochondrial disease.

Dr Ward then told a devastated Leanne and Steve that it was likely to be a genetic disease, and they would have to run tests on the family. Oliver is diagnosed with mitochondrial disorder in Coronation Street. The disorder can cause hearing loss, seizures, respiratory and vision issues, cognitive disabilities and specific malfunctions in the heart, brain, gut, liver and skin. Leanne actress Jane said: "I've also read a lot of literature about how families cope around their children's diagnosis with life limiting illnesses, looking at the human elements to their stories amidst all the medical speak and hoping I can get it right. Iain MacLeod added: "Above all, we wanted to do justice to the stories of the many thousands of families who have to deal with diagnoses similar to Oliver's, be it a mitochondrial disorder or another life-limiting condition.

THERE are tough times ahead in Coronation Street for Leanne Battersby and Steve McDonald as their son Oliver is diagnosed with mitochondrial disorder, an incurable disease. Oliver has been suffering from mysterious seizures and is currently undergoing testing for the disorder on the ITV soap. 4 Oliver Battersby will be diagnosed with mitochondrial disorder in Corrie Credit: ITV Steve and Leanne were left speechless when the doctor broke the news last night on Corrie that Oliver might have mitochondrial disorder. 4 Leanne and Steve rushed Oliver into hospital when they found him having a seizure Credit: ITV Liz Curtis, CEO and co-founder of The Lily Foundation said: "All of us at The Lily Foundation are excited to be working with Coronation Street on a storyline about a child with a mitochondrial disorder, and grateful to the show for highlighting an issue that affects hundreds of families in the UK. "For everyone who has worked hard for years to raise awareness about mitochondrial diseases, in particular for families living with a diagnosis and those who have lost a child, having their story told on one of the nation's most popular soap operas is truly momentous news.

"We want to do justice to the stories of the many thousands of families who have to deal with diagnoses similar to Oliver's, be it a mitochondrial disorder or another life-limiting condition. She warns Leanne and Steve that Oliver may have suffered brain damage but that it's too early to tell. Coronation Street fans have recognised a new face on the soap. Monday night's episode (May 18) saw Leanne Battersby and Steve McDonald's 3-year-old son Oliver rushed to hospital following a series of seizures. While in hospital, it was revealed that Oliver is not suffering from epilepsy as was previously suspected, but is in fact displaying symptoms of a genetic disease which could be mitochondrial disease – a life-long condition for which there is currently no cure.

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