Coronation Street’s Rita Tanner refuses life-saving surgery to treat her brain tumour

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RITA Tanner has refused to have brain surgery in Coronation Street.

The Kabin boss – who is played by legendary actress Barbara Knox in the ITV soap – went missing on tonight’s episode and when she returned declared she wouldn’t undergo surgery to treat her brain tumour.

Coronation Street’s Rita Tanner refuses treatment for her brain tumour in emotional scenes
 Rita returned home and declared that she wouldn't undergo treatment for her brain tumour

Rita returned home and declared that she wouldn’t undergo treatment for her brain tumour
 Gemma and Norris were horrified at Rita's decision

Gemma and Norris were horrified at Rita’s decision

As her foster daughter Jenny Connor, friend Norris Cole and lodger Gemma Winter panicked that she would miss her operation, Rita walked through the door.

Asking her if she had eaten anything, Rita told them: “Wouldn’t matter if I did. I’m not having the operation.” Tanner has said an emotional farewell to Coronation Street as she faces brain surgery.

In Monday night’s episodes of the ITV soap, Rita splashed her cash on her nearest and dearest but left her friend and lodger Gemma Winter worried when she appeared to be saying goodbye to everyone.

“Me and the street were just having a moment,” Rita said as Gemma asked her what she was doing alone.

 Rita Tanner said an emotional goodbye to the cobbles

Rita Tanner said an emotional goodbye to the cobbles
 The legendary character walked alone down the street as she faced an operation for her brain tumour

The legendary character walked alone down the street as she faced an operation for her brain tumour

“It will still be here when you get back,” Gemma pointed out.

“Look, I know you’re going to say that I’m a nosy cow and everything but are you sure you’re alright?” asked Gemma.

“You still harping on about a few bottles of bubbly?” said Rita back.

“A few bottles? You were chucking cash around like there was no tomorrow,” pointed out a concerned Gemma ahead of Rita’s brain operation on Wednesday.

 Rita was visibly distressed as she was joined by Gemma

Rita was visibly distressed as she was joined by Gemma
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 But after assuring her she was fine, she sent Gemma on her way so she could have a moment on the street alone

But after assuring her she was fine, she sent Gemma on her way so she could have a moment on the street alone

“You think I lost my marbles? Well I knew exactly what I was doing,” Rita said.

“It’s coming to something when you can’t spoiler my nearest and dearest every blue moon.”

Sending Gemma on her way, Rita stood alone on the cobbles where she had spent her life and began crying.


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“I spent the best years of my life here, you and me we’ve gone through a lot, I’ll say we have. And do you know? I wouldn’t have had it any other way.”

Then as she walked down the famous cobbles sobbing, the classic song played her out as she was alone on the street.

Coronation Street’s Rita Tanner says an emotional goodbye to the cobbles as she faces brain surgery

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