Emmerdale’s Chris Bisson on Jai Sharma’s “painful waiting game”

Emmerdale’s Chris Bisson has revealed that Jai Sharma will be sent into a ‘parent panic’ next week when his daughter suffers a seizure.

The villager is horrified to see Eliza in such a state after her mother Megan Macey asks him to look after her for the afternoon.

And after being treated by doctors the little girl will finally be properly diagnosed as having cerebral palsy.

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Chris said: “He’s traumatised by seeing his daughter have a fit.

“He freezes and doesn’t know what to do and that scares the life out of him because he then gets his overwhelming parent panic and feels he’s not up to the job, that he can’t look after her.

“She has two fits and they assume she’ll have epilepsy and they’ll supply medication for that but you can never be 100% sure.

“The painful thing about the story is that it’s all a waiting game and you’re never quite sure of what’s around the corner and what’s next.”

He added: “What we’ve been exploring is that the child isn’t given a diagnosis at birth because they don’t know how it’s going to affect her. All they know is that the lack of oxygen is going to have some sort of affect.

“So what most parents go through is this period of hope and belief, that if the child hits the next milestone, whether it be smiling or moving or vocalising something, the child will be okay.

“From all the parents we’ve spoken to, pretty much everyone lives through that process, but there comes a point when the diagnosis comes and Jai is not ready for that.

“He hasn’t yet managed to get his head around it, but when Eliza has a fit, it really starts to force the issue.”

Talking about the storyline, Emmerdale boss Iain MacLeod added: “I think it’s a real world, relatable, truthful story that doesn’t need bells and whistles or exploding barns.

“It’s just something tonnes of parents can relate to whether it’s Cerebral Palsy or a child with a disability.”

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