CORONATION Street’s Gemma Winter and Chesney Brown are going to be left heartbroken when baby Aled is diagnosed as being deaf.
The young parents – who are played by actors Dolly Rose Campbell and Sam Aston in the ITV soap – will be worried for their son when medical tests reveal he cannot hear.
Gemma and Chesney are going to be heartbroken by the diagnosis
A source exclusively told HOAR Online: “It’s going to be heartbreaking for Gemma and Chesney to realise baby Aled has hearing problems.
“The hope is that the storyline will raise awareness of how a family can cope with the diagnosis.
“It will show how the family and doctors can help ensure Aled will lead as normal life as possible as he grows up.”
Corrie bosses have worked with Trafford Deaf Children’s Society on the storyline and have taken advice from Great Ormond Street hospital in an effort to make it as accurate as possible.
The soap is also being advised by the Head of Audiology services at Trafford General Hospital Dr Greg Nassar.
The source added: “While it will be heartbreaking at first, there will be many positive messages to come from it.”
A spokeswoman for Coronation Street exclusively told HOAR Online: “This is a very important story to tell and will resonate with many parents who have gone through their children being diagnosed with hearing problems and the challenges that this throws up for the child, the parents and the whole family.”
Viewers have seen how Gemma and Chesney have struggled to cope with their quadruplet babies since Gemma went into labour in a cable car last year.
They went on to land a five-figure advertising deal from Freshcos to help pay for the kids’ expenses.
* Coronation Street airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV