Corrie Liz back home11

Street’s Vera on the mend af­ter spell in hos­pi­tal for life-threat­en­ing ill­ness What Eva next... Street love rat’s fi­nal show­down


CORO­NA­TION Street le­gend Liz Dawn was back at home yes­ter­day af­ter be­ing dis­charged from hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing life-sav­ing treat­ment.

The star spent more than two weeks be­ing cared for by doc­tors when she de­vel­oped se­vere breath­ing prob­lems.

Friends and fam­ily of the 77-year-old, who played Vera Duck­worth for 34 years, were left “fear­ing the worse”.

But she fought back and was dis­charged on Friday evening. Yes­ter­day she was be­ing cared for by rel­a­tives.

Hus­band Don Ib­bot­son said: “We’re so re­lieved to have her back home.

“At one point she took very bad and we thought the worst but she fought back. It’s amaz­ing, and now she seems to be get­ting stronger by the day.”

Liz, a for­mer heavy smoker, has suf­fered from the lung con­di­tion em­phy­sema for sev­eral years. She had a pace- maker fit­ted in 2013 af­ter hav­ing a heart at­tack while on hol­i­day in Spain.

In June she had surgery linked to her heart con­di­tion but she fell ill again and was taken to Wythen­shawe Hos­pi­tal, Greater Manch­ester, in late Au­gust.

Her fam­ily kept a con­stant vigil by her bed­side. Liz’s mood was also boosted by a visit from her re­cently born great­grand­son, the son of grand­son Luke Ib­bot­son and his wife Nicola.

She was also cheered by mes­sages of sup­port from fel­low Corrie stars in­clud­ing Alan Hal­sall and LOVE rat Ai­dan Con­nor fi­nally gets his come­up­pance this week as the Corrie love tri­an­gle hits a barn­storm­ing cli­max.

All hell will break loose on Ai­dan and Eva’s wed­ding day – and ac­tor Shayne Ward ad­mits play­ing the rogue has been “wicked”.

Ai­dan is due to wed Eva – ac­tress Catherine Tyldes­ley, 33 – think­ing she is preg­nant, when she is not.

His ex-mis­tress Maria, played by Samia Longcham­bon, 35, is set to gate­crash the cer­e­mony – un­aware re­venge-seek­ing Eva knows about the af­fair. One scene shows Ai­dan reel­ing as Eva comes into their room. It prom­ises to be clas­sic Corrie fire­works and for­mer X Fac­tor win­ner Shayne, 32, is lov­ing it. He said: “I’ve had a wicked time, it’s been so much fun. It’s Samia Ghadie, who play Ty­rone Dobbs and Maria Suther­land in the ITV soap.

A fam­ily source said: “She is still very poorly but she’s fight­ing all the way and it is bet­ter for her to be here in her own place, her own en­vi­ron­ment and amongst her fam­ily where she feels more com­fort­able.”

Liz first ap­peared on the cob­bles in 1974, quickly be­com­ing a viewer favourite along­side on-screen hus­band Jack, played by Bill Tarmey.

She left in 2008 but made one last ap­pear­ance in 2010 when her ghost vis­ited Jack be­fore he passed away.

Bill died of a heart at­tack, aged 71, at his hol­i­day home in Tener­ife two years later. Speak­ing re­cently about her health prob­lems, Liz said: “If it wasn’t for the doc­tors, I wouldn’t be here to­day. “My health is very bad these days. I just have to get on

with things.”

At one point she took very bad and we thought the worst but she fought back LIZ’S HUS­BAND DON ON EX-SOAP STAR’S HEALTH SCARE

been a bril­liant love tri­an­gle. It’s down to the writ­ers if they see any way back for Ai­dan and Eva. I won’t com­plain.

“I’ve had an af­fair with two women! A lot of peo­ple want me with Maria but a lot of older guys want me with Eva.”

Shayne says his real-life girl­friend, Hol­lyoaks ac­tress So­phie Austin, 33, laughs about his Street shenani­gans.

The cou­ple be­came par­ents them­selves last De­cem­ber.

And of jibes about his girth since quit­ting pop for act­ing, Shayne said: “The big­ger I get, the bet­ter the cud­dles for my daugh­ter.”

THE BRIDE AND GLOOM Eva faces grim Ai­dan

OUT FOR RE­VENGE Eva knows about af­fair

BET­TER Ac­tress Liz Dawn

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