He has been warned by doctors and loved ones that his drinking may one day kill him and Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) seems ready to throw in the towel in Coronation Street as his recent relapse leads him to tell his dad Ken (William Roache) that he is going to die.
As Ken despairs at the thought of losing his troubled son, is all the fight gone from Peter now that his relationship with Carla Connor (Alison King) is shattered?
And with so much physical and chemical damage to his body, is he right to predict that his days are numbered after years of alcohol abuse?
A shocked Daniel Osbourne (Rob Mallard) finds Peter in Victoria Gardens leaning against a wall clutching his stomach and vomiting – and he’s horrified to see that his clothes are covered in blood.
As Peter slumps to the ground, a panicky Daniel calls for an ambulance. In the hospital, the doctor assures Peter they will do their best to stop the bleeding but there’s a possibility he is suffering from liver failure.
Peter makes Daniel promise not to tell anyone what’s going on as he couldn’t bear for Ken or Simon to see him in such a state.
Ignoring Daniel’s advice, Adam breaks the news to Ken about Peter’s state of health. Ken visits Peter in hospital and is shocked to realise the gravity of his condition.
Exhausted and clearly depressed, Peter tells Ken that after years of self abuse, it’s time to accept that he’s dying. Ken’s devastated.
Peter then discharges himself early from hospital, leaving Daniel worried – and later Carla tears a strip off Peter for doing a disappearing act, but she’s brought up short when he reveals that he’s been in hospital with liver failure.
Telling Peter how much she loves him, she’s desperate to look after him but Peter’s adamant it’s too late.
Is there nothing left for him to fight for?
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