'Keep baby Dove in your prayers': Reality star's daughter to undergo neurosurgery

Photos: Instagram / Teddi Mellencamp
Photos: Instagram / Teddi Mellencamp 

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp has revealed her five-month-old daughter Dove has a rare condition that requires neurological surgery.

Posting an adorable photo of her little girl to Instagram, the reality star explained that Dove has 'Lambdoid Craniosynostosis', a condition where "the bones of an infant's skill fuse together prematurely".

The very rare form of craniosynotosis, which occurs in about 1 in 3000 births, can cause issues with the baby's appearance and brain development.

In her emotional post, Mellencamp admits that her anxiety is at an "all-time high" and said she was "torn" about sharing her daughter's situation with the public, but ultimately decided to in the interest of trying to be as transparent as possible and potentially helping others.

"I have a platform to reach others in similar situations," the daughter of John Mellencamp wrote, continuing "I would like to update you all."


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"Our sweet baby Dove was diagnosed with Lambdoid Craniosynostosis and has to undergo neurosurgery at the end of the month," the 39-year-old continued

"We are so grateful to have an amazing team of doctors and surgeons who have caught this early and will be working on her."

According to Mellencamp, they originally thought Dove had the same condition Torticollis as her brother Cruz, a CT scan revealed that she actually has Lambdoid Craniosynostosis.


Luckily, the mother-of-four reassured followers that it has a very high success rate and recovery is 'about a week in the hospital and a couple weeks at home'

"So although we are filled with nerves as neurosurgery sounds scary, we have our faith that she will be ok," she wrote.

"Please keep baby Dove in your prayers and if you have had a child with this same surgery, please let me know below, as I would love any additional insight and support".


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"Sending 💕 to you all" she finished the post.

Comments flooded, with people sending their love and support for the family.

"Praying for your family Teddi. You're an incredible mum" one user wrote.

"Sending prayers💕🙏" said another, adding "she's a beauty!"

Mellencamp and her husband Edwin Arroyave are parents to seven-year-old daughter Slate and five-year-old son Cruz, as well Arroyave's daughter Isabella from a previous relationship.


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