‘Real Housewives’ Star Meghan King Edmonds Reveals Her Son Has Irreversible Brain Damage
Meghan King Edmonds, star of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” revealed in her blog this week that her 13 month old son Hart has been diagnosed with irreversible brain damage.
Edmonds says she knew from the moment he was born that something wasn’t right with one of her twins, she just felt it in her gut.
From the minute he was born I knew something was different with Hart. The nurses struggled to straighten his legs to measure his length. He suckled hard, shallow, and often until I bled and he spit up black.
Well, I knew. I always knew. I just knew…
I told our pediatrician – she said he was fine. I begged for a neurologist referral and when I got it – he said he was fine. I then begged for a neurologist who specializes in Cerebral Palsy (I jumped through hoops to get this appointment, so many hoops) and she said he might be fine. I then begged for an MRI -she wrote in her blog post.
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The 34 year old mum welcomed Hart and his twin brother Hayes last June. She also has a daughter Aspen with husband Jim Edmonds whom she’s currently in the process of separating from.
Edmonds has been very open with her struggles to conceive all three of her children and documented her IVF journey for all to see on the Real Housewives. Her estranged husband Jim Edmonds also has children from a previous marriage.
Describing the anguish Edmonds felt trying to get a diagnosis for her son, the mum of three says when she finally received the news from her neurologist everything suddenly made sense.
Three days later Hart’s neurologist called me. Hart has minor Periventricular Leukomalacia on both sides of his brain (namely the white matter), but more so on his right. She said that this explains all of my concerns: the rigidity in his muscles, the (somewhat) delayed physical milestones, the lack of fluidity with arm and leg movements, the stiffness in joints, the weakness in his lower back, the somewhat favored use of his right side. She told me this mainly occurs in premies and since he was not a premie (he was born at 37 weeks gestation) she believes this damage somehow occurred “a couple months before he was born.” She explained that he is at risk for being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and will be monitored.
The mum says that while the news is sad it wasn’t unexpected and she definitely doesn’t see it as a setback.
This doesn’t mean his diagnosis isn’t a challenge… or a little bit sad, or that I don’t feel a little bit guilty. Because yes – just yes – to all of those things.
I pray for a miracle and I grapple with how to navigate his life. Thirteen days after his diagnosis I finally put these thoughts to paper. This is a heavy challenge as a mother: where do we go from here? This is where: one foot in front of the other.
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You guys, Aspen and I survived and are so happy to be home with our boys. “What do you mean, Meghan?” You’re going to regret even asking me. Read my blog that I aptly named “I Wouldn’t Believe This If It Didn’t Happen To Me” by clicking my link in bio. You’ve been warned! 🤮 💩
We wish Meghan King Edmonds all the strength in the world and can only imagine what an upheaval this must be for her- especially compounded with the separation from her husband. But she said it best herself in her blog when she stated God, you’re talking to me. I hear you. Let’s do this. All of it.
Amen to that!