"True Wives in Orange County" alum Meghan King Edmonds has revealed that her 13-month-old son Hart has "irreversible brain damage."
In an emotional blog post that was shared Friday, Edmonds said that after a battery of tests, visits to doctors – many of whom claimed the boy was "fine" – and finally, an MR diagnosed with Periventricular Leukomalacia for only 13 days since.
"From the moment he was born, I knew something was different with Hart," she wrote about the baby, who has a twin brother named Hayes. "Nurses fought to straighten their legs to measure his length. He sighed hard, low and often until I blew and he spat up black."
"… I knew. I always knew. I just knew … "
According to Boston Children's Hospital, PVL" is a kind of brain injury often found in babies who are very premature and have a very low birth weight. It is damage to the white matter around the brain's fluid-filled ventricles. messages between different nerve cells and parts of the brain. "
Hart was not premature, and Edmonds said the child's neurologist explained that the injury probably occurred before he was born. Hart also has a higher risk of cerebral palsy.
The most common symptoms of PVL are problems with visual and eye movements, problems with the moment and tight muscles and developmental delays, and "the long-term outlook for babies with PVL depends on the severity of the original brain injury," according to Boston Children's Hospital.
"[Hart’s neurologist] said that this explains all my concerns: the stiffness of his muscles, the (somewhat) delayed physical milestones, the lack of fluidity with arm and leg movements, stiffness in the joints, the weakness of his lower back, the slightly favored use of his right side, "Edmonds wrote.
The news of Hart's diagnosis comes shortly after cheating claims against Megan's husband, former MLB star Jim Edmonds, surface. She referred to the scandal in her post and wrote that the date of MR & # 39; came "eight days after the bottom fell out of my life".
While Jim refuses to cheat and insists that he only deals with an "inappropriate conversation" with another woman, Meghan has not carried her wedding ring since the allegations arose and has on her blog said she has lost her confidence in him.
"Physically or not, he still had an affair, and he admits this to me," she wrote.
Meghan said Jim was surprised at the diagnosis, but they kept a positive mindset. "I explained to Jimmy how we are in no way compromised or punished for having a special needs child (what it may or may not mean!) We are BLESSED," she wrote. "I will continue this second time, but just know I don't see his diagnosis as anything but a gift: we were chosen to take on that particular person."
The couple also shares a 2-year-old name asp.