Coronation Street has confirmed that Jack Webster’s foot will be amputated in an emotional storyline next week.
The life of Kevin’s seven-year-old son was left in jeopardy last night (July 2) as he was rushed to hospital and diagnosed with sepsis.
As Jack remains in a coma in hospital next week, a doctor examines his feet and breaks the news that he has ischaemia – a restriction in blood supply to tissues – and it’s spreading.
A shell-shocked Kevin is told that they’ll need to amputate Jack’s foot to keep him alive, leaving him with no choice but to give the go-ahead for the operation.
When Jack comes round from the surgery, Kevin fights back tears as he tells his young son what’s happened to him.
Speaking about the storyline for the first time, young actor Kyran Bowes – who plays Jack – revealed: “I was excited and proud to be trusted with such a big, important storyline. I did feel a bit nervous at first because I had never heard of sepsis before and didn’t know what it does to you.
“My mum and dad explained to me as much as they knew and we looked it up on the internet quite a bit. I wanted to know more about sepsis, so I knew what to expect and how I could act out the story properly.
“[Corrie producer] Kate Oates arranged for me to meet somebody who had been through the same thing. I wanted to see for myself what sepsis can do to you, to give me the confidence to play the story as true to life as I possibly could.”
While researching alongside The Sepsis Trust, Kyran was given the opportunity to meet a 14-year-old girl called Sasha Burrell, who lost both her legs to sepsis.
Kyran continued: “Sasha was really nice and kind and she was really helpful. She gave me information on how she felt at the beginning when she got told she had sepsis and how she felt after her operation, and how determined she was that it wasn’t going to stop her doing normal things.
“Sasha is amazing. You would not think she had been through such a horrible illness. She is so brave. She was so happy and smiling all the time. She was really happy to help me. I think Sasha is very inspirational. It made me so determined to play my part as best I could to get it right for all the people who have suffered like Sasha.”
Revealing more about Sasha’s advice, Kyran recalled: “Sasha explained that Jack would have his ups and downs. He would be confused and devastated at losing his leg. Sasha told me that she had to focus on goals, focus on something positive.
“I remember her telling me that her parents had bought her a kitten after her coming out of hospital. The cat helped her lots in getting better and she even started trampolining, which she had never done before she had sepsis. She was determined not to let it beat her and to carry on with life as normal.
“She knows Jack likes his football and she said Jack should concentrate on his football goals, be determined to aim to play football again, and to persevere. Sasha is incredible and so inspirational to me and to others.”
Asked whether the story has been a challenge, Kyran replied: “A lot of the time my role was to sleep in a comfy hospital bed as Jack was in a coma, so initially this was the easiest part, but I think the main challenge for me in the story was where Jack wakes up and realises he has lost his leg.
“I made sure I showed the emotions and feelings of shock and upset that Jack and his dad would be going through in a real-life situation.
“I hope I have done the story proud for Coronation Street and for all the people who have suffered sepsis. It is a terrible illness and I hope that this storyline helps others and raises lots of awareness.”
Coronation Street airs on ITV. See the soap’s full World Cup schedule changes here.
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