Of all of the Teen Mom cast members, Leah Messer has had one of the more difficult times in raising her children. She’s had to do so in the midst of relationship troubles, cheating scandals, and even rumors of drug use and neglect. Despite this, it’s clear that Leah has a huge amount of love for her girls.
When Leah first became pregnant, it was quickly followed by a surprise: Instead of having just one baby, Leah would be having two! She soon gave birth to her twin girls, Ali and Aleeah. It wasn’t long after that she realized that Ali was a special needs child. Recently, more information about Ali’s muscular dystrophy condition has surfaced, and fans have shown concern and support for Leah in this trying time. Now, Leah has spoken out about her difficulties, reaching out for more support as she dedicates herself to her daughter’s health.
Breaking the News
Leah’s daughter Ali suffers from muscular dystrophy, but if fans weren’t aware of this, it recently came to the forefront of everyone’s mind when Ali had a serious health scare. Ali’s condition affects her mobility and all of her major organs, such as her lungs and her heart. Leah revealed that doctors informed her that Ali’s health could begin to decline after her seventh birthday. (Ali is eight years old now.)
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.”
She 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.”
Although the family is going through a somewhat difficult time, things seem to be better than the extreme conditions they were in a few weeks ago after Ali’s health scare and hospital visit.
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 asked whether Ali was okay, and Corey says, “She’s fine…I think it’s a little scarier for us. But we’d rather be safe than sorry.”
Leah also opened up about having all of her children tested for the gene that has caused Ali’s condition. “[Gracie] is a child of Corey and I’s, and we carry the gene,” Leah said to her friend in another episode. “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.” Luckily, it was soon revealed that Gracie did not have the gene.
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