Coronation Street Favorite Beverley Callard opened up about complications from the surgery that forced her to take time off soap this year.
Actress Liz McDonald had routine hip surgery in March, but postoperative complications led her to struggle to walk again and install a stairlift in her home.
She is now suing the anonymous hospital that performed the procedure.
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She said The mirror: “I left because it was the worst six months of my life. I was in the most excruciating pain you can imagine – like grinding teeth in my hip. But worse than that was the mental torture to think: is this the end for me?
“A big part of me thought I could never come back Coronation Street – that I wouldn’t even walk anymore. ”
Callard had previously announced her decision to quit the soap opera, but fans were unsure why she was having such a low-key exit.
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She has now revealed that she will stay on the soap opera for another year before saying goodbye as Liz.
Referring to her concerns about the impact on her character, the 63-year-old explained, “Liz is famous for her mini skirts, stockings and high heels. No crutches and a mobility scooter. I thought I couldn’t do it. my work more.
“That’s how bad it got. There was certain doubt that I would be walking again. I was in shock and pain for four months. It was absolute hell. “
Coronation Street is currently airing Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on ITV, in addition to Coronation Street: Icons specials aired Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on ITV.
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