Hollyoaks‘ Luke Morgan (Gary Lucy) is reeling after being instructed he might have a terminal sickness, following medical exams after a spate of worrying signs.
On Tuesday third December (E4 exhibiting) medical doctors have been involved by the outcomes of an MRI and needed to research additional earlier than making an official analysis, however terrified Luke insisted he know what they assume may be improper with him – and the bombshell got here he could also be affected by a degenerative mind situation often known as frontotemperal dementia…
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What’s frontotemperal dementia?
Because the physician began to clarify to the troubled character, the situation – also referred to as FTD or Decide’s illness – is a type of dementia attributable to broken nerve cells affecting the entrance and facet of the mind, and may result in adjustments in behaviour and language.
Info on the NHS web site describes FTD as being fairly uncommon, and may have an effect on individuals at a a lot youthful age, from round 45, than other forms of dementia which have a tendency to begin round 65. Luke not too long ago celebrated his 38th birthday however the web site additionally says the age at which signs can begin does range and might be youthful.
The most important affect of the situation, which is extraordinarily gradual, is the adjustments to behavior, persona and communication. This will happen in quite a few methods, together with selfishness, being erratic and impulsive, apathy and extreme smoking or consuming – which might clarify Luke’s emotional few months through which he impulsively proposed to Cindy Cunningham, fell out with son Ollie over him changing into a father at 16, and jumped in a crane whereas drunk that just about destroyed the village.
Within the later phases of the sickness, as injury to the mind will increase, signs might be just like late stage Alzheimer’s with restricted communication, mobility and psychological capability. There’s presently no treatment for FTD.
Does this imply Luke is being killed off?
Not essentially. For a begin medical doctors simply suspect this may be the underlying cause for his current signs. However life expectancy varies significantly, and analysis reveals individuals dwell for a median of eight years after signs start, however once more it is determined by the affected person and it may be extra.
If Luke undoubtedly does have FTD, the present could also be planning a long-term exploration of the situation that follows Luke as he learns to dwell with it. There’s no official phrase both approach from Hollyoaks as to Gary Lucy’s future on the present, however the actor not too long ago spoke to Inside Cleaning soap about how the storyline pans out within the quick time period: “Luke is devastated, he’s simply shellshocked by the analysis.
“Darren is the one one that is aware of, and Luke makes the choice to not inform anybody else – even his fiancee Cindy as he needs to guard her, as nicely attempt to come to phrases with what’s improper with him.”
Is that this the start of an extended, exhausting highway for Luke?
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