Hollyoaks has tonight aired devastating scenes which saw Lily McQueen (Lauren McQueen) die after her self harm led to a fatal sepsis infection. The show has been carefully planning the heartbreaking exit storyline and now that Lily is dead, her family and friends are left with grief, guilt and helplessness.
Lily had decided to flee the hospital after initially seeking help for her self harm. She had felt trapped within the clinic and eventually was persuaded by Romeo Quinn (Owen Warner) to run away with him, which she had found to be an exciting prospect.
But meanwhile, test results came back which showed she had sepsis and it was spreading to her organs – she needed to be found quickly. Tony and Diane Hutchinson (Nick Pickard and Alex Fletcher) along with Lily’s husband Prince (Malique Thompson-Dwyer) tried desperately to find her and found out from her friends Peri Lomax (Ruby O’Donnell) and Yasmine Maalik (Haiesha Mistry) where had went.
As Lily started to become more pale and exhausted, she started to question her decision and Romeo was also horrified to see that she was still self harming. She had promised she would stop once they start their new life but realised that life on the run was not going to be any less stressful.
It also hit home to her that it was Prince that her heart lay with but as she went to the bathroom, she passed out just as her family arrived. prince desperately tried to save her but the truth dawned on them and Diane broke down as it became clear that Lily was lost to them forever.
Speaking about her exit and why it was right for Lily to die, Lauren exclusively told Metro.co.uk: ‘I think it gave the writers the chance to show the audience the consequences of self harm and how it can be life threatening. Hollyoaks aren’t afraid of confronting storylines like this which is what I’ve loved about being involved.
‘I think everyone will find it shocking because you have never seen anyone die through self harm in any other soap. I think taking the storyline further is going to be eye opening to the audience and open conversations which we need to be having to raise awareness and stop the stigma of mental health.’
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You can find out more about sepsis by visiting the website of the UK Sepsis Trust.
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