Exclusive: Neighbours star Ben Turland responds to Hendrix's huge new story

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Neighbours star Ben Turland has spoken about Hendrix Greyson's big new storyline for the first time.

Thursday's UK episode (May 5) saw Hendrix receive the news that he has a life-threatening lung condition.

Dr Sian Caton – played by former Home and Away star Esther Anderson – told Hendrix that he has an autoimmune disease called sarcoidosis, which has attacked his lungs and caused his recent coughing.

This has already developed into a condition called pulmonary fibrosis. Hendrix now needs a lung transplant in order to survive.

Photo credit: Fremantle / Gina Milicia - Channel 5
Photo credit: Fremantle / Gina Milicia - Channel 5

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Speaking to Digital Spy about the emotional plot, Ben explained: "I was taken into the office and told that they wanted to do this storyline and it was going to be quite big.

"I was honoured to take it on, and it's been really good to explore it with everybody.

"Hendrix's health issues were triggered by the fire at Erinsborough High, when he saved Mackenzie. This brought on the pulmonary fibrosis.

"It's been a slow approach to the story since then, but now we really get into it. It's been a good challenge."

Photo credit: Fremantle / Gina Milicia - Channel 5
Photo credit: Fremantle / Gina Milicia - Channel 5

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In the coming days, viewers will see how Hendrix's relationship with Mackenzie is affected by the news. Hendrix will also confide in other characters, including the Kennedys, Chloe Brennan and David Tanaka.

Ben continued: "Hendrix has spent the past few months really helping out Mackenzie a fair bit. For Hendrix, that's what he wants to do – just be there for Mackenzie.

"It's been nice to now sit down and work with Georgie [Stone, who plays Mackenzie], figuring out how they'd cope with something like this alongside their friends and families.

"It's been nice to explore a different side of their love, but also the fear and worry they feel over Hendrix's condition.

Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5
Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5

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"Hendrix still definitely has a chance. He's been told that he has to have a lung transplant to survive, but it's definitely a solid chance and it's a rollercoaster for him."

The story takes another turn next week, when the Rodwell family move onto Ramsay Street.

This proves to be triggering for Hendrix, as Sadie Rodwell started the fire alongside her friend Aubrey Laing.

Ben said: "Hendrix doesn't quite know how he's going to act when the Rodwells move in. He wants to live life with Mackenzie quite normally. Even though he's got this sickness, he doesn't want to think about it.

Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5
Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5

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"But because Sadie was one of the people who caused his sickness and she has just moved next door, he can't really escape it. Every time he sees them, it reminds him of his illness and what's happened to him.

"It's a big battle in Hendrix's head to figure out how he's going to act – and if he can go on living his normal life with this sickness and the reminder of what has happened."

Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 6pm on Channel 5 and streams on My5. In Australia, the show airs Mondays to Thursdays at 6.30pm on 10 Peach and streams on 10 Play.

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