Steve tells Michelle their unborn child could have a genetic condition
ust when it seemed
Steve Mcdonald’s life couldn’t get any more complicated, he discovers that his dad Jim has a genetic condition called Myotonic Dystrophy, so he does.
And that means Steve could have it, too, as could his daughter Amy, the future mini-mcdonald that Michelle’s expecting, and the secret nipper he’s having with Leanne. No wonder he looks like he needs a pint or 10.
Steve is given the bad news in a phone call from Jim, who’s still locked up in Weatherfield Prison (so he is). He keeps quiet initially, but finally plucks up the courage to tell Michelle after their first baby scan.
‘He sees the pictures of the baby and how formed it is already, and gets really emotional,’ reveals Simon Gregson, who plays the worried father-to-be. ‘That’s when it hits home that this baby could have the disease.’
Michelle’s in turmoil as she and
JSteve discuss the implications with nurse Rana. Still, at least she has her new BFF to lean on. Yep, she unburdens herself on Leanne, who tries to mask her horror as Shell reveals there’s a 50 per cent chance that Steve may test positive for the muscular disorder.
As Steve puts Liz in the picture, Leanne tells all to Nick, who calls Steve round to the flat and orders him to get tested, pronto.
Adds Simon: ‘The fact that a) they know, without him having decided to tell them and b) he’s been summoned there so they can tell him what to do, causes Steve to lose it. He’s under so much pressure and he’s just a guy who’s going to snap at any moment.’
Steve being Steve, he decides the ‘burying head in sand’ approach is a much better idea, and he tells Michelle he’s not having the test. Nick and Leanne, meanwhile, seek further information about MD from Rana, who assumes they’re after the lowdown on their neighbours’ predicament. Steve shares his worst fears with Michelle
When Steve refuses to budge, Leanne runs out of patience and comes up with a clever plan.
Explains Simon: ‘She makes sure Tracy finds out, because she knows Tracy will go in all guns blazing and force Steve to have the test, for Amy’s sake.’
It works a treat, and Steve tells Michelle he’ll get tested after all. How will the results affect his efforts to keep his big secret?
Caption here please ADD TO ARTICLE if used on page …as Leanne and Nick both want answers
The father of two is doubly worried…