Coronation Street commences Paul death story in worrying scene

Paul Foreman (Peter Ash) received some worrying news in recent Coronation Street scenes, as his new exit storyline began.

After suffering with what he believed to be a bruised nerve for several weeks, following an accident on the street, Paul was referred to a neurologist for tests.

However, he was hit with bad news when the neurologist revealed that he didn’t have a bruised nerve at all, and that the issues that had been keeping him from working had nothing to do with his accident at all.

This put Paul in a difficult position, as friend and solicitor Dee Dee Bailey (Channique Sterling-Brown) admitted that he would no longer be able to claim compensation from Carla Barlow (Alison King), who had hit him with the Underworld van.

Paul, who had taken out a loan that he believed he would be able to pay back, was understandably horrified, as concerns over how he would pay his debts began to grow.

These worrying scenes mark the beginning of a harrowing new storyline for Paul, which will see him diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

This storyline will follow the progression of the disease as Paul initially deals with the illness alone and eventually has to break the news to his loved ones.

Paul will soon see a specialist, who will reveal the diagnosis, as actor Peter Ash explained.

‘He gets informed that they are going to be testing for MND.

‘Paul doesn’t really know what that is so he has to ask a bit and the consultant explains these would be the symptoms if it is MND, and I think from that point he just goes into shock, really, from then.

About motor neurone disease (MND):

  • MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.
  • It attacks the nerves that control movement so muscles no longer work. MND does not usually affect the senses such as sight, sound and feeling etc.
  • It can leave people locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk and eventually breathe.
  • Over 80% of people with MND will have communication difficulties, for most this means a complete loss of voice.
  • It affects people from all communities.
  • Around 35% of people with MND experience mild cognitive change, in other words, changes in thinking and behaviour. A further 15% of people show signs of frontotemporal dementia which results in more pronounced behavioural change.
  • It kills a third of people within a year and more than half within two years of diagnosis.
  • A person’s lifetime risk of developing MND is around 1 in 300.
  • Six people per day are diagnosed with MND in the UK.
  • It affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time.
  • It kills six people per day in the UK, just under 2,200 per year.
  • It has no cure.

Also in his own mind Paul’s not looking positive on it at all. He kind of thinks he’s got it. He’s not been told he’s got it yet, he’s been told they’re testing for it, but in Paul’s head as far as he’s concerned that’s what it is.

‘It makes sense, he’s like this isn’t just a normal injury, there’s something else going on. When it sinks in a bit it turns his whole world upside down.’

As Paul is faced with money troubles and a life-altering diagnosis, how will he cope?

Coronation Street is working closely with the MND Association on this storyline which will explore the challenges faced by Paul and those around him in the coming months.

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