The mum of a little boy who suffered an asthma attack while playing football has spoken of her shock after it was revealed Coronation Street will be mirroring his tragic collapse in a new storyline.
Stacy Salter lost her son Cameron Good when he was just ten in 2014 and has since being sharing his story to raise awareness.
She has also fundraised through her charity, Breathe for Cameron, which gives out emergency inhalers to schools, reports Hull Live.
Coronation Street will be mirroring her son’s tragedy in upcoming episodes, with Maria Windass at the centre of an emergency next week. The character’s young son Liam collapses while playing football after suffering an asthma attack.
When informed about the upcoming storyline, Stacy, from Hull, admitted she was shocked.
She said: “I had a message off a friend, she basically said she didn’t want to upset me but had I seen this storyline? I clicked on the article she sent and I was so shocked.
“Reading the scenario they have gone with to highlight this has absolutely shattered my heart, because it is like they have climbed inside my head and taken my worst nightmare and shoved it on TV
“I was a bit taken aback because no-one has contacted me, and I am not saying it is based on us, but this is Cameron’s story.”
Stacy has applauded Coronation Street for tackling an often-ignored medical condition, which when it is portrayed on screen, is normally mis-represented.
“You rarely see asthma as a plot in films or TV. If it is featured in films, it’s usually portrayed by some small nerdy kid with thick glasses, puffing away on an inhaler.
“Cameron was the furthest from that stereotype. He was fit and sporty. So I am really glad that they’re highlighting asthma, it is amazing. Their audience is huge so I’m really happy it is being given the spotlight it deserves.”
Cameron Good was a keen footballer and sports-mad
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The storyline is expected to air next week, and will lead to Maria campaigning for better air quality as Liam, who will survive his attack, had his asthma triggered by pollution.
Stacy said she will record the episodes but isn’t sure if she will be able to bring herself to watch them.
“I want to watch it to see that it’s giving the right messages and advice, although I am sure it will as they’ve worked with Asthma UK, which is the best asthma charity.
“But I am also unsure if I can watch it, it will make me re-live it, because just reading about it was enough to make me re-live it.
Cameron Good, who died in 2014, would have been celebrating his GCSE results this year
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“It will be shocking to see so many similarities, but ultimately I am glad it is being done. I saw people commenting on a Facebook page, saying they were scraping the barrel with this storyline.
“It took all my strength not to reply. The problem with asthma is that everyone knows someone who has it, so they don’t appreciate the seriousness of it. It can not bother someone for months, even years, so it can be down-played, but it’s a lung condition, and if you can’t breathe, you can’t live, and this needs to be stressed.”
Stacy said September and the return of children to schools sees a spike in asthma attacks as children are mixing more and picking up coughs and colds. For more details about her charity Breathe For Cameron visit the Facebook page.
The plot is due to air in next week’s episodes.
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