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Neighbours Star Ryan Moloney Reveals Toadie’s Paralysis ‘Could Be Permanent’

August 23, 2015

Neighbours star Ryan Moloney has teased a long journey ahead for his character Toadie Rebecchi following his accident this week.

UK viewers will see Toadie left paralysed after a tragic accident on a bouncy castle, leaving him with a very uncertain future.

Although Toadie initially goes into denial over the situation, he is soon forced to face up to the harsh reality that he may never be able to walk again.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Moloney said: “This is going to go on for a long time, absolutely. I am still filming in a wheelchair.

“He initially thinks it is just swelling and that is what is causing the problem. He thinks once that goes down, they will be able to fix him up and everything will be okay.

“That is just his hope talking though and once that wears off, the reality is that this could be a permanent way of life and it looks like it is going to be. He is very upset by it.”

Discussing the challenges of filming in a wheelchair, Moloney said: “I initially thought that it was going to be difficult to try and show colour and movement. I thought the directors would whinge about everything not being in shot and all this kind of stuff, but it has been really good and I am really enjoying it.

“It has been challenging in terms of not moving your legs. All the natural instincts of not being able to move and also trying to learn how you would move around, hold yourself and do particular things if you can’t move your legs. It has definitely been a challenge.”

Toadie’s future is looking increasingly bleak but Moloney has revealed that it will make his relationship with his wife Sonya even stronger.
He said: “This affects his ability to actually do the normal roles that he would do in his family – being the main breadwinner and whether or not his business will survive. He also worries about being able to relate to Nell and the things he can do with her, and the things he now can’t.

“On top of that, he has Sonya and her now being his lover but also his carer. From that aspect, there is a lot in there. Obviously there are the normal challenges but this actually really brings them together.

“They will come out stronger from this. They have got to rely on being honest and open with each other because what else have they got after that?”

Neighbours will air Toadie’s accident on Monday (August 24) at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5.

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