Tuesday 9th: There’s finally some good news for Jackson when his loved ones learn that he’s been cleared of any head injuries and will be moved to the spinal unit.
Wednesday 10th: Hazel remains positive about her son’s surgery, but Jackson is unsure he should be hoping for miracles. Aaron’s grateful when Adam offers to go with him to the hospital tomorrow when Jackson has his surgery. Will the surgery be good news for Jackson?
Thursday 11th (7pm): Aaron, Hazel, Jerry and Adam rally round Jackson’s bedside as he awaits his operation. Hazel attempts to keep the mood light-hearted, but when doctors arrive to take Jackson to surgery, the atmosphere becomes sombre and everyone is left to say their goodbyes. As they await Jackson’s return, Adam attempts to get a subdued Aaron to talk, but his reluctance is obvious. With no sign of Jackson, Aaron starts quizzing anyone that walks past, anxious to know he’s okay. Moments later, Jackson is returned to his room but the consultant has no news. They are told to wait until Jackson comes round and so the waiting game agonisingly continues.
Thursday 11th (8pm): As the consultants carry out reflex tests on Jackson, his family and friends wait outside for news on the results. Jackson’s raw anxiety is evident as the consultant asks if he can feel the pin he places against his body. Jackson fights back tears of disappointment as it becomes clear he can’t feel anything. Frustrated that there are still no answers, Hazel tracks down the consultant and forces him to admit that it’s looking highly likely that Jackson will remain paralysed from his shoulders down. Bereft, Hazel agonises about how she’s going to deal her own child such a crushing blow, but Aaron vows that he’ll be the one to do it. As Aaron struggles to tell Jackson he’ll never walk again, Jackson’s world collapses as his worst fears are confirmed.
Friday 12th: At the spinal unit, the atmosphere is awkward as Aaron attempts to make small talk with a despondent Jackson. As the boys sit in silence, a nurse arrives to carry out a personal hygiene task. Full of humiliation at Aaron seeing just how much help he needs, Jackson’s overcome with rage and orders Aaron to get out. Later, Aaron finds the courage to return and tries to make light of the situation, joking that Jackson should stop feeling sorry for himself. Incredulous, Jackson tells Aaron to leave and spits that he holds him fully responsible. Floored to hear the words, Aaron’s rocked as Jackson tells him he never wants to see him again.
These scenes air the week beginning November 8th 2010.
Monday 15th: Hazel is disappointed in Aaron.
Tuesday 16th: Chas urges Aaron to think seriously before committing to Jackson.