Coronation Street confirms Oliver Battersby's tragic death as mum Leanne devastated at Christmas
CORONATION Street's Oliver Battersby will die before Christmas, it has been confirmed.
The toddler has been in hospital on life support while suffering from mitochondrial disorder.
And in the preview of ITV's Christmas schedule, the head of the Channel Kevin Lygo revealed Leanne will be dealing with her grief following Oliver's heartbreaking death.
He said: "As ever, Christmas is always a dramatic time in Soapland and we'll have Coronation Street and Emmerdale at the centrepiece of our seasonal offerings.
"On Corrie, David and Shona Platt look back to put the troubles of the past behind them and vow to get their marriage back on track.
"After Oliver's death, Leanne's grief is heightened as she watches Nick play happy families with his new-found son.
"And Todd Grimshaw is determined to win back his ex, Billy, and plots to break up Paul and Billy."
The news of Oliver's heartbreaking death comes as on-screen his parents Leanne and Steve have been embroiled in a legal fight with doctors about keeping him on life support.
The doctors have said there is no hope of him recovering and that he should be allowed to die with dignity.
However, Leanne and Steve have been raising money to pay for expensive lawyers in an effort to keep Oliver on life support for as long as possible.
They are hopeful that a cure can be found before his body begins to shut down – though doctors and specialists have all told them it will not happen.
The storyline is expected to reach a devastating conclusion closer to the soap's 60th anniversary week in December.
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