The Astonis have been through a rough few months in Home and Away after Maggies cancer diagnosis. Most recently, she collapsed at Ziggys wedding and was admitted to hospital. With her cancer getting worse, she had made the decision to refuse treatment.
But after Ben makes a secret call, an unexpected face appears at the hospital – Diana, Maggies mother.
Having taken a flight from London the minute she heard the news, Diana is furious with Ben for not telling her, and explodes at him in the corridor. She could have taken care of this sooner, and shell never forgive him for keeping her in the dark for so long.
Meanwhile, Maggie is angry with Ben, too – for getting her mother involved. But when Ben makes the point that he could have had to call Diana and reveal her daughter had died, Maggie understands why he did it.
Diana decides to step in and take control of the situation, telling Ben and Maggie shes found a solution for her daughters treatment. Unfolding some papers, she explains how shes learned of clinical trials in Europe that could offer world class medical care.
Ignoring Bens protests at the prospect of making Maggie travel across the world in her condition, Diana is adamant – shell cover the travel and medical expenses, but if this is the best treatment out there, its where her daughter is going to go…