As fans of Coronation Street will know, patient Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver) has been helping her fireman boyfriend Paul Kershaw (Tony Hirst) to take care of his wife Lesley (Judy Holt) who has early onset Alzheimer’s.
However, a couple of weeks ago, Paul and Eileen decided that it was time Lesley went into a specialist residential care home, and since then, the couple have, for the first time, had a sense of normality in their lives, and are even going abroad on a well earned break…
But things go horribly wrong when Lesley wanders off from the care home, and turns up at the house she and Paul formerly shared.
So a frantic Paul, alerted by a neighbour, races to his old home and finds Lesley in a distressed state outside. He takes her back to Coronation Street, but the poor woman is in such an agitated state, she won’t be calmed…
Seeing no other alternative – and already late for setting for the airport – Paul attempts to get Lesley into his car so he can take her back to the home. But she puts up such a fight, he decides it’s best to take her inside and let her settle down first.
However, in the struggle to get Lesley into the car, Paul bruised her wrists, and she hit her head on the car door, but nobody’s worried about the injuries which appear minor.
But later, when Paul asks Eileen to watch Lesley for a few moments while he goes to collect some of Lesley’s things from the home – having decided she’s better off staying with him for a while – Lesley becomes aggressive and a terrified Eileen has no choice but to lock her in the house and wait outside for Paul to return.
When he does return, and the pair go back into Eileen’s house, they’re horrified to see Lesley unconscious on the floor. Has she had a fall while Eileen was outside? Or did she hurt herself badly during the scuffle to get her into the car?
Well, whatever the reason for her decline into unconsciousness, it soon becomes apparent that she can’t be saved, and poor Lesley dies, but of course, the police have some questions about her bruises, and about Paul and Eileen’s relationship…
And when all’s said and done, Eileen was alone with Lesley moments before she died, but will anyone believe her when she tells them she wasn’t in fact in the house?
Of the plotline, an insider told the Daily Star, “Eileen and Paul have made so many sacrifices over the last few months.
“And finally when they think they can go off without a care in the world Lesley comes between them and causes them more grief.
“They were looking forward to going away and spending some quality time with each other. They’ve been through so much and need to kick back and relax.
“Even when Paul receives the call they’re still hopeful they can get Lesley back to the care home and be on their way.
“They don’t count on her falling over and hurting herself.”
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