Liz Dawn crippled by emphysema
Coronation Street's Liz Dawn - who played Vera Duckworth in the ITV soap - has been told by doctors there is "nothing more they can do" for her to treat her emphysema
Coronation Street's Liz Dawn has been told by doctors there is "nothing more they can do" for her.
The TV legend - who played Vera Duckworth in the show - was forced to quit due to her emphysema in 2008 and only a third of her lungs still work, leaving her health in critical condition.
She told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "If it wasn't for the doctors, I wouldn't be here today. But my health is very bad these days.
"The doctors have told me there is nothing more they can do. There are no new drugs I can take - so I just have to get on with things.
"Now, the main priority in my life is keeping well and keeping healthy.
"I have only made one plan for 2013. To make sure I am alive this time next year."
Liz, 73, needs the aid of a wheelchair to get about and has recently been hospitalised for two days of treatment for her lung disease, brought on by years of smoking.
She added: "I have only got a third of my lungs now ... and I do get so breathless. I can't walk for more than a few steps without needing my chair so I just go everywhere in it now."
Liz is thankful to her husband of more than 40 years, Donald, and their grown-up children, Dawn Elizabeth, Ann-Marie and Julie for looking after her.
She said: "My family look after me now. My kids say to me 'Mum we are so proud of you, you looked after us all your life and worked so hard for us. It is our turn now'.
"My daughters come round and take me out. We go shopping or out for something to eat.
"And Donald does all the cooking indoors. I can't even turn on an oven."
Liz also spends as much time as possible at her house in Spain, which she finds therapeutic.