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Monday 22 January 2018

Coronation Street defends child cancer storyline against criticism it trivialises disease

Tyrone and Fiz in hospital with Hope. PIC: ITV
Tyrone and Fiz in hospital with Hope. PIC: ITV
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A Coronation Street storyline dealing with the issue of child cancer has drawn criticism from some viewers.

Late last year Fiz and Tyrone's 5-year-old daughter Hope was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and the soap was praised for highlighting the issue.

However, in last Friday's episode Hope was revealed to be in remission after just two months of treatment.

Viewers have blasted the show for "trivialising" the disease which has a 67 per cent survival rate.

One viewer tweeted, "The #CoronationStreet storyline on Hope is disgusting, if only it was as quick and easy to get rid of one of the worst childhood cancers!"

A couple whose three year old daughter suffers from the condition took to their fundraising page to criticise the plot.

The Sun reported that Rob and Victoria Young wrote, "I was so pleased when I heart Coronation Street were doing a storyline on neuroblastoma to raise much needed awareness but the whole thing has been a farce.

"Not only am I disappointed in this storyline, I am disgusted and offended that they have made it look like a walk in the park."

Coronation Street responded with a statement, "We have not at any stage said Hope is not cured at all.  This is an ongoing story which has been researched throughout."

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