Leah’s four-year-old daughter Aliannah Simms has been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, it was revealed in the heartbreaking ‘Teen Mom 2’ premiere on Jan. 21. Now, Leah is speaking out about their struggle for the first time.
Throughout the show, we’ve seen that Leah Messer‘s daughter Ali, 4, has had developmental issues her entire life, mainly physical issues. On Jan. 21, Leah revealed that her daughter has a rare and incurable form of muscular dystrophy. So sad.
Leah Messer’s Daughter Has Muscular Dystrophy — Devastating Diagnosis
“We were scared because we didn’t know what her future was going to look like, but we always pushed for answers. We never gave up, and we never will. We’ll do everything we can to make sure Ali has the life that she needs,” Leah told In Touch magazine in her first interview since the diagnosis was made public.
First Signs Of Trouble
HollywoodLife.com reported in August 2013 that little Ali’s health was deteriorating and the family was taking precautions to move into a handicap accessible house. It was assumed that Ali would have to be in a wheelchair eventually.
Leah and new husband Jeremy Calvert, 24, explain that’s exactly what is happening:
She told In Touch: “The disorder affects her respiratory system and progresses the older she gets. The bigger she gets and the more weight she gains, the harder it’ll be for her muscles to carry the weight.”
Though Ali can walk now, she will be in a wheelchair when she gets older.
Are you saddened by this heartbreaking diagnosis, HollywoodLifers?
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