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Sometimes, with the amount of drama and scandals that pervade the Teen Mom fanbase, it can be easy to forget the difficulties the stars face just being a mother. Every now and then, a heart-stopping event will take place and remind the fans just how difficult it can really be.
When Leah Messer first became pregnant, she was surprised to find that she wasn’t having one child but two. She soon gave birth to twins Ali and Aleeah, but it wasn’t long before she realized that her daughter Ali was a special needs child. Ali suffers from muscular dystrophy, meaning she needs more attention from her mother. In a recent episode, she had a health scare that got Leah’s heart pounding.
Leah Messer’s daughter, Ali, has to deal with her diagnosis of muscular dystrophy her entire life. Her diagnosis affects her mobility and all her major organs like her lungs and heart. Leah revealed that doctors informed her that Ali’s health could begin to decline after her seventh birthday. Considering that she’s eight years old now, she may be requiring even more attention soon.
In an episode from a previous season, Leah said, “No matter what, I may never see the decline that they see. I guess I’ll handle that when it comes you know? It made it hard at 17, knowing something’s wrong with this baby that you love so f–king much.”
In a later episode, she learned from a physician that the genetics of Ali’s condition carried some serious implications for the rest of her family. “I just got back from Columbus, they said that [Ali] was getting stronger and she was doing fine,” Leah said. “They actually want to get [Aleeah] tested for MD as well, so I’ll have to take her back up there and they’ll have to do blood work and then we’ll know.”
“She’s a child of Corey and I’s, and we carry the gene,” Leah said to her friend in the clip. “She hasn’t been tested. We thought that she had been tested, but I guess that was for some other testing research. The possibility of her even having it is worrisome to me.”
In an interview with MTV News, Leah revealed that she wasn’t sweating the test, saying, “I felt pretty positive when Dr. Tsao asked about getting Gracie tested for the muscular dystrophy gene. I felt pretty confident that she didn’t have it, so I wasn’t too worried about it.”
As it turns out, she was right not to be worried. Soon after, a source close to the family revealed to Radar that Gracie did not have the gene. “Gracie is doing fine,” the source said. “She’s doing great.” They added, “Ali isn’t in her chair full time. She only uses it as needed.” But that doesn’t mean the family is without shocking incidents like the one that occurred in a recent episode.
Ali told her mother that she was having more difficulty with her condition lately and was falling more often than usual. It culminated when Leah’s ex, Corey Simms, called her with some harrowing news. He says, “The reason I am calling is because Ali is having a hard time catching her breath and I think I need to take to her to emergency room because she says she couldn’t breathe.” Leah asks whether Ali is okay, and Corey says, “She’s fine…I think it’s a little scarier for us. But we’d rather be safe than sorry.”
The episode ends in a cliffhanger, so it will take until next episode to know what happened at the hospital, but it’s clear that it’s a difficult time for Leah and her family.
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