Coronation Street star Georgia Taylor has opened up on what will become of Toyah and Imran (Charlie de Melo) following Oliver’s (Emmanuel and Jeremiah Cheetham) tragic diagnosis.
Leanne’s (Jane Danson) son Oliver has been diagnosed with an incurable form of mitochondrial disease which will eventually take his life.
And while the grieving mum is doing everything in her power to keep her baby alive, her step-sister Toyah (Georgia Taylor) is looking to foster her own child with her partner Imran.
Discussing the plot on Lorraine, the 40-year-old said: ‘Leanne is going through the most horrendous time with all of the diagnosis, and meanwhile, Toyah and Imran are quite far along in becoming foster parents.
‘But obviously, Toyah feels it’s an insensitive thing to do at this time when her sister is about to lose her own child, it’s really heartbreaking.’
She added: ‘I think when we’re in times of trauma and we’re distressed, we lash out at the people we’re closest too because it’s safe, we know they will still love us at the end of it all.
‘So Toyah and Leanne have grown up together, so yeah, she bears the brunt of Leanne’s anger and frustration.’
Turning her attention to Toyah and Imran, Georgia revealed that fans will see their relationship blossom as time goes on.
The actress explained: ‘The characters have been together for a long time, but a lot of that time we haven’t been together on screen. Charlie has been working with Shelley [King] in the Yasmeen story and I have been working with Jane.
‘We don’t always get to work together that much, and hopefully, we’re going to see more of that and more of them as a couple, and them developing that relationship.’
What is mitochondrial disease?
Mitochondrial diseases result from failures of the mitochondria, specialized compartments present in every cell of the body (except red blood cells).
Mitochondria are responsible for creating more than 90% of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support organ function. When they fail, less and less energy is generated within the cell. Cell injury and even cell death follow. If this process is repeated throughout the body, whole organ systems begin to fail.
The parts of the body, such as the heart, brain, muscles and lungs, requiring the greatest amounts of energy are the most affected.
Symptoms vary depending on the organ(s) affected but may include seizures, atypical cerebral palsy, autistic features, developmental problems, fainting and temperature instability.
According to The Lily Foundation, the prognosis depends upon the severity of the disease and other criteria. As more research funds are raised to find more effective treatments and ultimately a cure, some of the affected children and adults are living fairly normal lives with mitochondrial disease.
In other cases, children may not be able to see, hear, talk or walk. Affected children may not survive beyond their teenage years. Adult onset can result in drastic changes from an active lifestyle to a debilitating ilness is a short amount of time.
Treatment plans vary from patient to patient but involve therapies, diet changes and other means to try and slow the progress of the disease.
You can find out more information from the NHS here.
The star gushed: ‘I’m happy to see them together because I love working with Charlie. But yeah, there’s a lot more to explore with them as a couple.’
As for her off-screen relationship with Jane, Georgia beamed: ‘Honestly, she is one of my best friends, she is like the sister I have never had.
Addressing her 13-year break from the soap, she added: ‘I’ve always said Jane was the biggest pull for me coming back.
‘If she wasn’t in the show, I don’t know if I would have felt comfortable coming back, but I knew that I had my friend, and aside from how strong our friendship is she is just a fantastic actress she is just brilliant and you want to be working with the best.
‘So I get to do that with my friend – it’s great.’
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