Emmerdale: Real life tetraplegic viewer says Jackson suicide plot was “unnecessarily bleak”
Penn Wooding, an Emmerdale viewer and real life paralysis victim says that the storyline featuring Jackson Walsh’s (Marc Silcock) life after his accident, and his subsequent assisted suicide was, “unnecessarily bleak.”
Penn was just 16 when, after diving into a swimming pool only half filled with water, he became tetraplegic. He now runs support website tetraplegicliving.com.
Speaking to The Sun, Penn said, “Nothing would have made Jackson happy apart from a cure.
“I’m surprised they didn’t try treating his extreme depression. He wasn’t even referred to a psychologist for treatment.”
41 year old Penn went on to say, “I wouldn’t say I was depressed like Jackson, but I was lost as to how to move on. I soon realised I could adapt.
“Jackson was only 20. In 20 years’ time I believe they will have some kind of cure.”