Lola Pearce’s (Danielle Harold) life will change forever next week in EastEnders as she’s told a tumour has been found in her brain.
We know that said tumour will turn out to be cancerous, as it’s already been confirmed Lola will die months after the diagnosis.
EastEnders is working alongside Brain Tumour Research and Macmillan Cancer Support on the storyline, which will begin this autumn as viewers watch Lola and her loved ones deal with her diagnosis.
The storyline will follow the experience of Lola, and those around her, as she faces her new reality of being a young person living with a brain tumour.
On taking on the storyline, Danielle Harold said: ‘It means so much to be trusted with a storyline like this – one that’s close to many people’s hearts.
‘Sadly many of our viewers will be able to relate to Lola’s story and it’s been heartbreaking to speak to the families affected by brain tumours and hear their stories.
‘They’ve been so amazing in sharing their experiences with me, and I’m so lucky to have them. I wouldn’t be able to do this storyline without their support.’
Before the trip to hospital, Lola is stressed and in the middle of helping Lexi (Isabella Brown) get ready for her pageant.
After help from Felix (Matthew Morrison), who fixed Lexi’s dress, they head off to the event with Ben (Max Bowden) and Callum (Tony Clay) in tow.
However, just before Lexi arrives on stage, Lola is in the bathroom experiencing another dizzy spell, which leads to her collapsing and suffering a seizure.
Once Jay (Jamie Borthwick) and Ben find Lola, an ambulance is called.
In hospital, following a CT scan, Lola’s world falls apart as she’s told the tumour in her brain may (but we know it will) be cancerous.
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