TEEN Mom Leah Messer learned amazing news about her daughter Ali’s muscular dystrophy battle in a promo video for an upcoming episode.
In the preview, Leah sits down with the 11-year-old as they prepare for a virtual appointment with her doctor.
Leah, 29, asks her daughter if she’s excited for the meeting, in which Ali responds “yep” with all smiles.
Ali then requests her father, Corey Simms, to attend the video chat as well via Facetime.
During the appointment with Dr. Tsao, he had some exciting news to share regarding Ali’s diagnosis.
After confirming that Ali received her power wheelchair, Dr. Tsao encouraged the preteen to use it as much as possible.
He said: “As long as she use her power wheelchair to conserve her energy it will be very good for her.”
In which Leah confirmed that staying off her feet will prevent the disorder from “progressing.”
Dr. Tsao then revealed promising results from recent studies of hundreds of others diagnosed with the rare disease.
“I wanted to let you know, there have been several hundred patients with titan myopathy. The type of situation that Aliannah has.”
Leah gasped in excitement before the doctor continued: “And that’s throughout the world. And they’ve found that many patients like Aliannah’s situation with no heart or lung involvement can live into their seventies at least. That is very good information for you to know.”
Leah revealed to the camera that she does not want her daughter to “worry” about her “life expectancy” as she grows to understand more about her condition.
She admitted that it was an ongoing fear for her and Corey, 31, of how quickly the disease would progress.
She said: “With discovering more cases, it gives me hope for my little girl. I feel like we can look further into her future. It does bring us hope.”
In a previous episode of Teen Mom 2, the mom of three sat down for a heart-to-heart with Ali, revealing her concerns for her daughter’s safety without the help of her wheelchair.
In the clip, Leah explained how the aid of Ali’s wheelchair has provided her with the “freedom” to move around easily.
In turn, Ali insisted that she would be safe venturing to the park, despite her mother’s concerns.
“It’s not even that far away,” Ali said, before looking her mother in the eye assuring her “I’m not going to fall.”
Leah rebutted telling the preteen: “My job as a mom is to protect you and keep you safe. I’m always going to worry.”
Ali was diagnosed with Titin Myotonic muscular dystrophy in 2014, a rare form of progressive weakness disease that had existed in less than 20 cases around the world at the time of her diagnosis.
The Hope, Grace & Faith author recently shared new testing on a nearly decade-old muscle biopsy may reveal new insight into her daughter’s disease.
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