It was a busy day at Holby City once more and while Essie (played Kaye Wragg) had the day off, she went into the hospital to see how friend Adrian ‘Fletch’ Fletcher (Alex Walkinshaw) was doing as he too battled cancer. His operation to remove his cancer appeared to have gone well but Essie was scared when he rushed back into theatre following a complication.
While Fletch came out of the operation okay, his daughter Evie’s reaction left Essie worrying about her future and her baby Isla.
Essie then went to see her consultant and learned her chemotherapy isn’t helping beat her cancer and instead of shrinking her tumour, it has grown.
She chose to keep the news from partner Sacha Levy (Bob Barrett) but when she returned to the hospital later with baby Isla, who had a high temperature, she was forced to come clean.
Sacha advised her to hand over Isla so he could check her over and make sure everything was okay.
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While Isla’s temperature went down and she started eating again, Sacha revealed he thought she was starting to get chickenpox.
He encouraged Essie to stay away and let him take Isla home for the night in case the tot causes her cancer to worsen.
Essie was left devastated when Sacha refused to hand over her baby, insisting it is what she’d advise her own patients to do.
Viewers saw Essie watch Sacha leave the hospital with the tot before breaking down in the stair well as she realised she may not get much more time with her daughter.
How will the mum cope if she is forced to spend time away from her daughter – will she stop going for her chemotherapy?
Speaking of the storyline and how Essie feels when she realises Fletch is recovering well, actress Kaye told What’s On TV: “Essie would love to be in that position but she doesn’t for one second begrudge Fletch the success he’s having with his treatment at all.
“Essie is delighted that Fletch seems to be getting over his cancer and that things seem to be going well for him.
“For Essie, it’s not a case of: ‘I wish it was me and not you’ but rather ‘I wish it was me as well.”
Fans of the BBC medical drama know that Essie decided to stop going for her chemotherapy as it made her unwell until Fletch urged her to go back.
Will she blame herself for giving up for the growth of the tumour and could this signal a more devastating storyline?
Meanwhile, Nicky McKendrick (Belinda Owusu) is also having a tough time. Next week’s synopsis for Holby City reads: “Nicky struggles to cope at work as her world collapses around her.
“Cameron takes his pent-up anger out on an innocent Louis.”
Holby City continues Tuesday on BBC One at 8pm.