Home and Away spoilers follow for Australian and UK viewers.
Home and Away's Dean Thompson will face yet another sad setback this week as he continues to recover from the serious injuries he sustained in his recent car accident.
Dean (Patrick O'Connor) has faced a slow uphill battle to recover from the crash and, although he's making progress, he's continued to struggle with feelings of frustration over what he cannot do yet.
After trying to rekindle the physical side of his relationship with partner Ziggy Astoni (Sophie Dillman) on Australian screens last week, his thoughts are now turning to his love for surfing following his collapse at home last week when he tried to get back onto his board.
TV Week reports that, in scenes that will air this week in Australia and early next year in the UK, Dean will become seriously scared that he will never be able to surf again due to his injuries.
He heads out to the beach so that he can at least watch the waves but, rather than feeling an overwhelming desire to get back on his surf board, Dean is overcome with feelings of trepidation at the sight of the sea.
While Ziggy tries to encourage him, nothing can get Dean to move as he battles with his feelings.
There's good news for Dean when new medical scans offer some reassurance that his recovery is on track. But he's dealt another blow when doctor Logan Bennett (Harley Bonner) admits he can't tell whether Dean will ever be strong enough to surf again.
Devastated, Dean is left wondering how he can go on – or even if he wants to. Will Ziggy's support be able to keep him positive as he continues on his road to recovery?
Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm on Channel 5 and 6pm on 5STAR (UK) and Mondays to Thursdays at 7pm on Channel 7 (Australia). Selected classic episodes are available via Amazon Prime Video in the UK.
If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov.
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