STEVE McDonald struggles with depression in the wake of his son Oliver Battersby’s death next week in Coronation Street – and almost misses his funeral.
Oliver – who was in hospital on life support after being diagnosed with an incurable form of mitochondrial disease – will pass away in a double bill of episodes this Friday (November 27).
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Next week’s episodes of Coronation Street will see Tracy grow concerned that Leanne is making all of Oliver’s funeral arrangements without Steve.
Later, Tracy tries to talk to Steve about Leanne’s plan to celebrate Oliver’s life, but Steve shows little interest and goes back to bed.
Meanwhile, Leanne tells Nick she’d be pleased to have Nick’s support at Oliver’s funeral and that they need to work out the terms of their separation.
When Leanne heads over to discuss the funeral arrangements with Tracy, Leanne is worried when she admits that Steve is still in bed.
Later, Nick presents Leanne with her memory box of Oliver’s keepsakes, leaving Leanne touched.
Steve withdraws further later in the week and fails to show up for the decoration of Victoria Garden for Oliver’s memorial service.
Meanwhile, Steve visits Oliver’s old hospital room only to realise it’s now occupied by another child.
As the funeral kicks off, a breathless Steve arrives just in time.
Corrie viewers will remember that Steve was diagnosed with depression on the soap back in 2014.
Steve found the doctor’s verdict hard to stomach and initially hid it from his friends and family.
Could he be heading on a downward spiral again?