Posted: 5:02 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
By Mehera Bonner
Teen Mom 2's Leah Messer was dealt a major blow when she learned that her daughter, Aliannah Hope, had a rare form of muscular dystrophy. Ali's diagnosis was shocking to say the least, and poor Leah had to prepare for the worst — that Ali would be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life.
Amazingly, Ali has continued walking on her own two feet, and even better? Six months after her diagnosis, she can now run alongside her sister, Aleeah Grace! “Ali is running,” Leah told In Touch, “She has so much determination. We’re in awe of how she handles adversity."
Leah says that she and her ex-husband, Corey Simms, still don't know if Ali will end up in a wheelchair, but as of now their little lady is beating the odds. “She’s doing so much better than expected. We don’t know what the future holds, but this is proof that we should never give up hope,” she said.
Leah has been encouraged by the support of her fans, who have been right there with her throughout Ali's condition. The Teen Mom 2 community has watched Ali face innumerable challenges over the years, so it's amazing and heartwarming to hear that she's doing so well. “One girl who reached out to me also suffers from muscular dystrophy,” Leah said. “It made my hope for Ali so much more realistic.”
Speaking of hope, it looks like Corey Simms was right on the money when he said that Ali would continue to thrive. This dude was accused of being in denial about his daughter's condition, but who knows? Maybe Corey will be able to fulfill his dream of walking Ali down the aisle at her wedding!