Coronation Street‘s Kate Ford reveals to Soaplife how Tracy’s sudden and very serious illness brings Steve running to her hospital bedside…and, Tracy hopes, back into her bed!

How does Tracy end up in hospital?
“Well, she’s feeling very ill, but no one believes her. She lets Emily down and Emily throws her out, refusing to believe that Tracy is really poorly. Tracy tries to go home. but Ken won’t take her back. He tells Deirdre she’s not ill, she’s crying wolf.”

But Tracy’s health does deteriorate…
“Yes, she thinks she got food poisoning from Roy’s Rolls and demands to know if anybody else is feeling the same way. Then after she has left Roy’s she has a row with Steve, who doesn’t believe she is ill, either. The next time we see her on screen, though, she has collapsed in the Barlows’ house.”

And she’s rushed to hospital. What’s wrong with her?
“The doctors reveal she has a serious kidney infection and septicaemia, and for Tracy that’s serious because she only has one kidney [she had a kidney transplant in 1995 courtesy of Deirdre’s dying toy boy husband Samir]. Everyone feels awful. Ken has persuaded Deidre that Tracy was lying about being ill because he’s sick of watching Tracy twist Deidre round her little finger, so both of them feel really guilty. Even Steve is gutted he didn’t listen to her, especially as she’s Amy’s mum. They have been through a lot together.”

Everyone’s scared she could die and Steve seems to tells her he loves her!
“She is heavily sedated when Steve visits and always slightly delusional when it comes to him, anyway. He tells her he will always care for her – meaning because she’s Amy’s mum, but she totally misreads the signals. The next time he visits, she starts asking when they’ll be moving in together!”

But he’s with Michelle again! How would Tracy feel if she finds out?
“She would go ballistic! We’ve seen how Tracy’s behaved in past when it comes to Steve and other women – she nearly destroyed Becky’s life. Tracy’s obsession with Steve will last until the end of time – and she has much more trouble to cause before then.”