As Amber’s brother Shawn Portwood Jr., 27, told Radar earlier this week, the Florida resident underwent liver surgery on December 11 and was promptly placed in a medically-induced coma. He was awaiting a liver transplant.
Amber, the 24-year-old mother of Leah, 5, wrote about her father’s battle with alcoholism in her memoir Never Too Late.
However, Shawn Jr. told Radar that their father had been sober for the last decade of his life.
“When my father found out he had a liver condition 11 years ago, he quit drinking and turned his life around,” Shawn Jr., a father of two small children, recalled. “Amber and I are very close to him.”
Radar exclusively reported that Amber and her new boyfriend Matt Baier, 43, drove from her native Indiana to her father’s Florida hospital last weekend to visit him.
Though she returned to Indiana with strep throat after three days at his bedside, she is now reportedly on her way back to Florida.