Coronation Street’s Vicky Entwistle has apologised to Jane Danson after taking aim at the soap’s scripts.
Jane has had an emotional few weeks on the ITV show, with her character, Leanne Battersby, saying goodbye to son Oliver, who had been battling mitochondrial disease, on Friday’s instalment.
However, while fans and cast mates rushed to praise the actress for the scenes, her former on-screen mum made a quip at the script-writing.
Replying to co-star Goergia Taylor’s sweet message in a now-deleted tweet, she wrote: ‘But imagine if she had better writers behind her!!! That really would have been something!!!’
Jane quickly called her out for the post, responding: ‘Thats so disrespectful. They were some of the best scripts I have ever had.
‘Shame on you for writing that! Very disappointed how mean that comment was!’
Putting the issue to bed, Vicky shared an apology for her words, admitting the post was ‘childish and hurtful’.
‘I have apologised to @RealJaneDanson this morning,’ she said. ‘Rightly so. She is a wonderful Actress!
‘My tweet was childish & hurtful. I realise that & am truly sorry for any hurt I may have caused.’
Proving the matter was well and truly put to bed, Jane simply replied: ‘Thank you. Xxx.’
Leanne has had a harrowing few weeks, after fighting to keep her son alive as his condition deteriorated.
After realising that Oliver was suffering by being kept alive, she dropped the appeal, and was by his bedside with ex Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) for his final moments.
The pair serenaded him in his hospital room, singing You Are My Sunshine as he slipped away.
She will be facing another ordeal over the next few episodes as she comes to terms with the loss, and attends the youngster’s funeral.
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.
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