Michael Le Vell’s on-screen son will have his life left hanging in the balance after contracting sepsis through an infected graze on his knee.
Kevin Webster’s son Jack, below, gets ill while in the care of half-sister Sophie, who takes him to a doctor but is told it’s a virus.
He deteriorates and is taken to hospital but is sent home from A&E.
A show source says: “Corrie trainee doctor Ali Neeson sees Jack and calls an ambulance as he is concerned about sepsis. It turns out Jack contracted sepsis through a cut on his knee.
“His life hangs in the balance and Kevin is faced with the prospect of amputation for his son to keep him alive. It’s an emotional storyline for Michael Le Vell and Kyran Bowes, who plays Jack.”
It comes soon after fatal sepsis storylines in Call the Midwife and The Archers and will be screened early next month. The aim is to raise awareness of the condition.
Cobbles bosses have been working with the UK Sepsis Trust to make sure the storyline is as realistic as possible.
Trust chief Dr Ron Daniels said: “Stories like Jack’s remind us of the devastating cost of sepsis. The condition affects 250,000 people every year in the UK and claims 44,000 lives – more than breast, bowel and prostate cancer, and road accidents combined.”
He said it was a “privilege” to work with Corrie to ensure the issue was handled “accurately and sensitively”.
Dr Daniels added: “It’s incredible Coronation Street is raising the profile of a condition which affects so many people yet until now has been poorly recognised.”
In recent months the Street has received praise for tackling other tough subjects in its plots, including suicide and male rape.
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