The Winter-Brown family have been thrown into chaos recently as young Joseph fell sick, with mum Gemma eventually taking the youngster to hospital. His symptoms have continued to worsen, amid headaches and fainting spells.
Last night’s episode (airing Friday, December 1) saw social services get involved – accusing Gemma of poisoning Joseph. Gemma was left reeling as the social worker crashed a family Christmas dinner, suggesting that Gemma may be behind her stepson’s ill health.
But what is wrong with Joseph?
Coronation Street fans ‘figure out’ Joseph mystery illness
As the episode aired, a number of Coronation Street fans shared their own theories on Joseph’s illness. Many thought that they had cracked the mystery.
Many wondered whether Gemma might be headed for a case of Munchausen by proxy – in which a caretaker makes up or causes real symptoms in a child to make them feel or appear sick.
“Is Gemma’s storyline heading towards Munchausen by Proxy?” asked one fan, writing on X as the scenes aired.
“Is Gemma going to be accused of Munchausen syndrome by proxy?” asked another.
“I wonder if that lavender drink is what makes Joseph worse?” said a third, picking up on a drink Gemma gave Joseph earlier in the week.
Corrie fan suggests that Hope could be poisoning Joseph
Meanwhile, as fans speculated, another culprit for Joseph’s poisoning emerged – Hope Stape.
“So are we looking at Munchausen Syndrome by proxy on Gemma? I don’t think so because Joseph was sick before Gemma gave him the lavender oil. My guess is it’s Hope who is poisoning Joseph she the one with mental health issues,” one fan wondered.
Could there be any truth to the fans’ theories?
Coronation Street usually airs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8pm on ITV.
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