Leah told her the truth!
Back in 16 and Pregnant‘s prime, when Leah Messer first became pregnant, she was hit with a surprise that many of her co-stars didn’t experience. Leah learned that instead of just one baby, she would be raising two! After going through her pregnancy with twins, she got another surprise. Her daughter Ali was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy.
As she’s gotten older, Leah has continued to learn how to give Ali the best, healthiest life she can. As we’ve all continued to be concerned about Ali, it’s easy to forget how this would affect her twin sister Aleeah.
Now that the twins are old enough to understand and question the things going on around them, it’s clear that Aleeah has begun to wonder about her sister’s condition. We never expected that she would ask this heartbreaking question about her sister’s health though.
Ali’s muscular dystrophy condition affects her mobility and all of her major organs, such as her lungs and her heart. Doctors informed Leah that her condition could begin to worsen by the time she was seven.
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 more recent episode, Leah opened up to her sister Victoria about Ali’s conditions. “She had mentioned to us that she hadn’t been eating at school and that she was falling a lot,” she said. “She needs somebody with her, by her side, at all times. I’m fighting for Ali — I’m going to do everything that she needs to be done. We wanted her to be independent, and at the same time things are becoming progressive.”
Leah then had to break the news to her daughter, telling her, “Whenever you’re at lunch and you’re going to eat, you’ll have somebody who’ll open your food.”
The Teen Mom star spent a lot of time focusing on Ali, and rightly so, but now it’s clear that it will affect Aleeah in unique ways too. On last night’s episode of Teen Mom 2, Aleeah asked her mother about Ali’s condition, bringing tears to the eyes of many fans.
It’s natural for young children to not fully understand health conditions, but Aleeah assumed that she caused Ali’s muscular dystrophy. As she and Leah sat on a swing set to talk, she asked the heartbreaking question: “Is it because I crammed her up?” she asked. “Because I squished her?”
Aleeah told Leah that she remembered seeing a picture of her and her sister in utero and that she thought it looked like she was “cramming [Ali] up.” So, she assumed that taking up more space is what caused her sister’s condition.
Leah reassured her that it was not her fault at all. “It had nothing to do with you,” Leah told her. “You’ll learn when you get older, but it’s not your fault.”
Leah recently had her third daughter, Grace, tested for the gene that is linked to muscular dystrophy. Even though Grace tested negative for the gene, it’s clear that navigating Ali’s condition will be a family process. It’s a good thing there’s so much love between Leah and her girls.
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