BAD TIMES IN SUM­MER BAY

Af­ter trau­matic head in­juries, the young­ster must face the fact life’s changed for­ever...

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Raffy de­vel­ops epilepsy af­ter her fall!

With her two best friends Ry­der and Coco in tow, Raffy’s en­joyed lots of fun ad­ven­tures over the years! How­ever, with the trio’s bond un­der se­ri­ous strain from Ry­der and Coco’s re­la­tion­ship bust-up, their most re­cent es­capade has taken a tragic turn.

Feel­ing lost af­ter Raffy (Olivia Dee­ble) and Coco (Anna Coc­querel) patched up their dif­fer­ences with­out him, Ry­der (Lukas Radovich) has found mate­ship with the older and po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous Dean (Pa­trick O’Con­nor). His sto­ries about his River Boy ex­ploits have im­pressed the teen. Spurred on by thoughts of the happy ca­ma­raderie that ex­ists among them, Ry­der con­vinced the girls – who’ve been blank­ing him – to join him on a re­con­nais­sance mis­sion to the River Boys’ Man­grove River hide­out.

Once en­ter­ing the seedy un­der­belly of the build­ing and its sur­rounds, the in­trepid three­some al­most im­me­di­ately nd them­selves OCT 15-29, 2018

in danger! Raffy plunges down a hole in the ground and slams her head, leav­ing her with horri c in­juries. While Colby (Tim Franklin) and an heroic Chelsea (Ash­leigh Brewer) fever­ishly worked to res­cue her, the sit­u­a­tion above ground isn’t much bet­ter. In Sum­mer Bay, the teens’ par­ents and guardians un­rav­elled their web of lies and, real­is­ing the predica­ment they were in, be­came fran­tic about their safety!

Raffy’s res­cue and med­i­cal care ramped up the ten­sion for all con­cerned. While the Ste­warts and As­to­nis were con­soled that Ry­der and Coco were un­harmed, the Palmers and Mor­gans were shell-shocked at the sever­ity of the freak ac­ci­dent – and the fall­out! Poor Raffy was ght­ing for her life with bleed­ing on the brain and a shaken Mar­i­lyn (Emily Sy­mons) was sim­ply over­come with guilt at her fail­ure to pro­tect her fos­ter daugh­ter.

How­ever, the drama’s set to in­ten­sify in the weeks ahead as Raffy’s re­cov­ery is ham­pered by the wor­ry­ing news that she has epilepsy! With her con­di­tion re­main­ing un­pre­dictable, she ends up col­laps­ing on the beach in the throes of a seizure! Rush­ing to her aid, Mar­i­lyn, John (Shane Withing­ton) and half-brother Brody (Jack­son Hey­wood) strug­gle to keep her calm so she doesn’t hurt herself! They all know that her new cir­cum­stances will have to be man­aged well to sta­bilise her con­di­tion.

Apart from the phys­i­cal toll Raffy’s in­juries have on her, her men­tal and emo­tional well­be­ing will also have to be con­sid­ered. She may grap­ple with all the changes epilepsy makes in her life, and the blos­som­ing re­la­tion­ship devel­op­ing be­tween her and Ry­der will surely be im­pacted. He may try to sup­port her in liv­ing her life as nor­mally as pos­si­ble, but if Raffy can’t ac­cept or deal with the lim­i­ta­tions that the threat of epilep­tic seizures have on her life, she could lose him be­fore their love’s truly be­gun. With Coco set to leave the Bay, per­haps temporarily, in the months ahead, Raffy won’t have her best girl­friend around to help her out, ei­ther! TVS

Raffy

CAUSE FOR CON­CERN Mar­i­lyn (Emily Sy­mons), John (Shane Withing­ton) and Raffy (Olivia Dee­ble)

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