A heartbreaking new Coronation Street spoiler video reveals the moment doctors tell Paul Foreman (Peter Ash) what they suspect may be causing his symptoms.

Paul has been struggling to grip ever since being knocked over by Carla Barlow (Alison King) in the Underworld van, though it was later revealed that the accident was not the cause of his symptoms.

After undergoing several tests, Paul returns to the neurologist in the new video, who tells him that she would like him to see a Neuro-muscular specialist to confirm her suspicions.

Paul was desperate to know what she believed the diagnosis might be, and was shocked when she revealed that he may have motor neurone disease (MND).

The neurologist revealed that he’d be looking at symptoms such as a gradual increased loss of muscular strength and coordination, and eventually, in the later stages of the disease, an inability to breathe unassisted.

Terrified Paul was devastated to learn that MND has no cure, and begged the neurologist to tell him how long he could expect to live with the disease.

Though it can vary from person to person, the neurologist admitted that following a diagnosis, for 50% of people the life expectancy is less than three years.

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.

Despite the neurologist reiterating that they don’t know yet if it is MND, actor Peter Ash explained how Paul has already convinced himself that it is after hearing the news.

‘I think from that point he just goes into shock, really, from then.’ Peter revealed.

‘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.’

Coronation Street have been working alongside the MND Association for this storyline, which will follow Paul’s journey as he receives an official diagnosis and explore the challenges faced by Paul and those around him in the coming months.

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