Coronation Street’s Jim McDonald frightens fans with mini-stroke on stage – Daily News


  Coronation Street’s Jim McDonald gave the audience a fright when he suffered a mini-stroke on stage  Talk TV can reveal Charles Lawson was taken ill kicking off a national tour of Rebus: Long Shadows  He had the scary attack during his ­performance as Rebus, Ian Rankin’s flawed detective – and was so confused he had no idea where he was  The Corrie star missed three ­performances and will be on ­medication for the rest of his life  “Not to put too fine point on it, I had a TIA on stage, which you probably know is a mini-stroke,’ said Charles, 59  “We opened in Edinburgh playing to a full house and I was halfway through the second half, the climax of the play, and I went deaf  “I was aware that John Stahl [who plays gangster Big Ger] was saying his lines but I thought they were from a different play For two minutes I had no idea where I was, then I woke up in the wings. It was a little disturbing to say the least ”  Charles says he has recovered from the mini-stroke three weeks ago and has thrown himself back into work He’ll be appearing at the Manchester Opera House this week.  He added: “There was no lasting damage so I’m back on stage and delighted to be saying I’m firing on all cylinders  “When I sit and think about it then it’s a shock but apparently they are common Sometimes people don’t even know they’ve had them.  “But I definitely knew something was wrong with me – I had absolutely no idea what was going on at all  “I’ve been given medication which I’ll be on for the rest of my life. But I can assure you I’m in good nick ”  A TIA – transient ischaemic attack – happens when part of the brain has a lack of blood flow It causes stroke-like symptoms that resolve within 24 hours. Unlike a stroke, it doesn’t cause permanent disabilities  Charles returned to Corrie for two months earlier this year but is not ruling out a longer return  “I’d like to see the McDonalds back together, fit and healthy. Together they are a formidable couple ”  Take it easy, Charles. Read More Top showbiz stories

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