Teen Mom star Leah Messer Calvert has it all; three beautiful daughters, a loving husband and a brand new home, butRadarOnline.com has exclusively learned that tragedy recently struck the family in the form of an illness that could leave daughterAliannah Simms in a wheelchair.
In mid-July, Leah and her hubby Jeremy Calvert got the news that little 4-year-old Ali’s health has deteriorated and could leave her in a wheelchair — forcing the family to uproot from their new home in West Virginia to a more handicapped accessible home.
“Things went from bad to worse with Ali and it turns out that she could have to be in a wheelchair soon,” a source close to the reality TV favorites told Radar.
“This is why Leah and Jeremy have to move out of their new house. They need a house without stairs that’s more handicapped accessible for Ali. They are also planning on getting a place that allows horses because that will be part of Ali’s therapy.”
Leah was vocal on her Twitter account about the stress of dealing with something terrible, and having unanswered questions.
This week could get worse but then again maybe just maybe some good can come out of it after Wednesday .. So many things left unanswered. 😐
— Leah D. Calvert (@TM2LeahDawn) July 16, 2013
Angry is how I feel… No explanation. I hope this is your will god and someday you can give me an explanation. #NoWords
— Leah D. Calvert (@TM2LeahDawn) July 17, 2013
The source won’t go into detail about Ali’s illness, except to say it’s “some sort of mitochondrial disease” that has progressively worsened.
“Ali has been doing therapy for a few years now and seemed to be improving, however, from what the doctor told the family at Ali’s big doctor appointment in July, her disorder will just keep getting worse,” the insider revealed.
“Apparently the muscles will start to deteriorate and she will most likely lose the ability to walk.”
Understandably, Leah has taken the news hard.
“She was wrecked by the news, because they had a lot of hope that she would continue to improve,” the source told Radar.
Every few months we make a journey full of hope only to go home with our hearts ripped out.
— Jeff Simms (@JeffSimms) July 17, 2013
“Leah ordered Ali’s wheelchair a few weeks ago,” the source said. “So it’s going to be a big adjustment for the entire family.”
This is happening, is it real? I can wake up from this nightmare at anytime now!
— Leah D. Calvert (@TM2LeahDawn) July 19, 2013
After purchasing our first home together and now moving for the reasons we are is hard to adjust to, but I know it is best for our family!
— Leah D. Calvert (@TM2LeahDawn) July 20, 2013
Calls to Leah for comment from Radar went unreturned.