Jack Webster’s family will fear the worst tonight as he is rushed to hospital after becoming seriously ill with sepsis.
This evening on Coronation Street , Jack (Kyran Bowes) is being looked after by his older sister Sophie when he tells her he is feeling unwell.
But Sophie dismisses it and sends him to school anyway. It is later clear that something is seriously wrong when he is sent home by his teachers and ends up slumped over on the stairs.
Sophie rushes her brother to the medical centre and they tell her that he has a viral infection and they he should be able to recover at home.
But when Dr Ali pays him a visit at home, he ends up calling for an ambulance.
Jack’s rapid deterioration shocks Sophie, Sally, Kevin and Tim, who later find out from doctors that Jack is suffering from sepsis.
The doctors then tell them that the next 24 hours are crucial.
Actress Brooke Vincent , who plays Sophie, explains that Sophie has a lot on her plate and is so busy she fails to spot the seriousness of Jack’s symptoms.
"Sophie’s got a lot on her plate. Kevin’s away and she’s got a new job at Speed Daal, so when Jack says he feels ill, it’s just another added pressure," Brooke says. "She can’t really see anything wrong with Jack so she sends him to school.
"He does then get sent home and Sophie feels awful. She takes him to the doctors, but they just put it down to a virus and tell her to make sure he gets some rest, so she asks Faye to keep an eye on him and goes back to work.
"Faye and Seb are looking after Jack when they find him groaning and really drowsy. She is worried because Jack’s in her care, but when the doctor confirms it’s a viral infection and she can take him home, she feels relieved."
However Brooke added: "Ali calls to check on Jack and it’s not until he notices some discolouration on Jack’s fingers and toes that they realise it could be more serious. Sophie’s in shock. Ali calls an ambulance and she doesn’t really know what’s going on, as it all happens so quickly.
"It’s not until they get to the hospital that Ali mentions sepsis. Sophie doesn’t really know what it is or what it means, but she can see things are moving quickly and she’s terrified. They’re told the next 24 hours will be crucial and Sophie and Kevin are just left clinging to that."
Brooke says that Sophie ends up blaming herself for failing to realise the seriousness of Jack’s illness.
"She feels a mixture of guilt, shock and fear, I think," Brooke explains. "It just seems to escalate so quickly and she’s lost with all the medical jargon. They just have to hope that Jack’s in the right hands now and he responds to the treatment."
*Coronation Street airs tonight at 8pm on ITV
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