Coronation Streets Paul diagnosed with motor neurone disease in emotional plot

Coronation Street will explore the subject of living with motor neurone disease (MND) in an upcoming storyline, when cobbles resident Paul Foreman is diagnosed with the illness.

The ITV soap 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.

Viewers recently saw Paul take time off from work after suffering muscle and nerve damage following a road accident.

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However, after he begins to notice issues with his balance, mobility and dexterity during tonight's episode (March 24), Paul is referred to a specialist who advises that he might have MND.

His diagnosis is confirmed in episodes due to air in April 2023, with Paul choosing to keep the diagnosis from his partner Billy Mayhew and family, but confides in his flatmate Dee Dee Bailey.

The 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.

Speaking about working on the storyline, Paul actor Peter Ash said: "Paul is completely blindsided by the diagnosis and he decides to keep it from his family and friends as he tries to come to terms with the news.

"I knew very little about MND before embarking on the storyline and I am hugely grateful to the MND Association for all their help and support.

"For any actor playing a role which examines a real life issue or condition there comes a huge sense of responsibility and we are aware that some people watching this storyline are experiencing it in reality, it is their life."

He continued: "Awareness and education are really important. I have learned so much even in the short time I have been involved in this storyline. We hope Paul’s journey can make people more aware of the symptoms and what it is like for someone to live with MND."

Motor neurone disease 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, and can leave people unable to move, talk and eventually breathe.

However, MND does not usually affect the senses such as sight, sound and feeling.

The disease affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time and there is currently no cure for MND.

Coronation Street producer Iain Macleod said: "Motor Neurone Disease is something that many people might have heard of but perhaps don’t know a lot about, even given the recent cases of public figures talking about their experiences of living with the condition.

"A show like Coronation Street is uniquely placed to show the day-to-day reality of dealing with an illness that gradually and progressively erodes the physical attributes that you perhaps take for granted, changing forever the way you interact with the world around you."

"At first, Paul – who as a builder, relies entirely on his physicality for his livelihood – will massively go off the rails in a misplaced bid to ensure he isn’t a burden on his loved ones," explained Iain.

"But in the end, they will be the ones to put him back together emotionally. We are committed to portraying in a long-term, sensitive way the effects of this condition on Paul and his family and friends, not shying away from the sometimes painful reality of what his life will be like.

"We have been privileged to work with the Motor Neurone Disease Association – including talking to people who have the condition and their families – to ensure we do justice to people’s real-life experiences."

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MND Association Director of External Affairs Chris James added: "We are really grateful to the team at Coronation Street for choosing to tackle this difficult subject.

"Putting MND in front of millions of viewers every week will raise incredible awareness and help educate people who have never come across this disease – showing the day to day reality for those living with it and the impact on their families, friends and neighbours too."

For further information and support, please visit the Motor Neurone Disease Association website here.

The MND Connect helpline offers information and support on all aspects of MND and can signpost to other organisations when required.

MND Connect is available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, and 7pm to 10.30pm. Calls are free. Tel: 0808 802 6262 Email: [email protected]

Coronation Street airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday on ITV1 and ITVX

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