Teen Mom 2 – Leah and Corey’s daughter Ali finally gets a diagnosis


After several years of tests and worry, Teen Mom 2‘s Leah Calvert and Corey Simms’ daughter Aliannah finally has a diagnosis that explains some the physical problems she’s been experiencing since soon after her birth.

Ali has a rare type of muscular dystrophy, a progressive disorder that will effect her for the rest of her life. “We never gave up, and we never will. We’ll do everything we can to make sure Ali has the life that she needs,” Leah told In Touch magazine. “We were scared because we didn’t know what her future was going to look like, but we always pushed for answers.”

As she gets older and grows, it will be harder for her muscles to support her body, and she will also have respiratory issues. To help better accommodate her needs, Leah and Jeremy are planning on moving to a bigger house. Back in August a source told Radar Online that they hope to get a place where they can keep horses, which could be a huge part of her therapy.

“Ali’s condition has brought us all extremely close together,” Leah told In Touch about her relationship with ex Corey Simms. “We have to stay strong for Ali, and things are going good.” Ali definitely has a large, supportive family to help her with the challenges she faces.

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  • :))))))))

    I had a lot of trouble discerning it but I think she said that it was Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy on the show.

  • ameliaBedelia76

    I love this family together..corey, Leah, Jeremy & ALL the grandparents!

  • Sara

    I don’t want to be a bitch, I know some people hate when the others do this, but “It will effect her?” isn’t it “It will affect her”? I’m not sure since I’m a native French speaker, but it seems odd to me. Anyway, it’s really sad for Ali, but I’m sure she can still live a happy, fulfilling life!

    • BlahBlahBlah

      I agree with you and how they started the article with “several years” umm several means 7 years -_- and she’s only 4 or 5

      • Elizabeth

        since when does several mean 7? lol several generally means 3

      • Jessi

        Hmm? Several means 7? Interesting let’s see a couple is two, a few is three and several is more than three but and in definite small number.

      • bailey

        Several does not mean seven just because they both have “sev” in them bahahaha

  • karina

    Poor baby. Thank god he gave her a great family. May she be blessed with the strength and healing.

  • TimM

    I dunno…..I find it funny how on the show last night she keeps commenting about how she is happy for corey is hes happy and how they coulda tried harder but….its okay! Why would you keep mentioning that over and over? Very pointless. Mixed Signals.

    • BlahBlahBlah

      Exactly, “yes we could have tried harder” but guess what?! Both of y’all are married to different people. Move on Leah, move on. Sheesh.

  • twelfthnight

    I know someone with MD. It progressed and caused him to end up in a wheelchair (partially as a convenience) as an adult, but as a kid he was just very short with short limbs, and obviously couldn’t do a whole lot of physical activity. He tried, though, and had a relatively normal childhood.

    Here’s hoping Ali will be OK.

  • Melissa

    UCMD is a deadly disease.Most people who suffer from it have a short life expectancy and are wheelchair bound by thier teens/early 20’s if not much earlier.It causes the muscles to completley shut down and any kind of weight gain that is to hard on a little body causes the muscles to completley shut down as well as the person having problems breathing when they get older.I hope ali can lead a productive life,but this is a horrible disease and one of the most heartbreaking disagnoised to recieve.Ullrich is one of the more fatal types of MD.Very Sad.

  • :(

    Best friend has MD. He’s about to hit 20 and doesn’t have much longer to live. Hopefully the research that is close to cure finds one in time for Ali.

  • Ashlee

    I’m still wondering if ali has dwarfism on top of UCMD.Her arms and legs are extremley short and she is much smaller then Aleeah.Her truck and head are also big for her body and resembles that of a little person.I don’t know if MS contributes to delayed growth and extremley short stature,but it looks like more then one thing is going on with ali.Very very sad.

    • Billy

      I totally thought she was a dwarf!Totes looked like one.She has alot of deformities.

      • Tyler

        I thought it was a Dwarf too.lol.still do..

        • Neal

          Whatever this creature is it sure is ugly as sin.Looks like it belongs in a carnival freakshow with those cross eyes,club feet and fatty turned in legs and fat rolls.She’ll be in that wheelchair soon cause those muscles can’t support that obese dwarf frame.

    • sammi

      Ive said this on many previous threads that I thought Ali had dwarfism. Her trunk area is short and so are her limbs. I know this isn’t anyone’s fault but this is why you don’t just hop in bed and end up pregnant by a complete stranger.

      • preston

        Inbreding is a bitch.

  • A

    two of my closest friends have duschenes (type of MD) and both graduated with high honors from the university of illinois. while limiting to some degree, they both have lead full lives, like the rest of us! check 3 E Love if you don’t believe me!

    • Jessica

      Ali does not have Duschenes which only affects boys.Her type is one of the more rare and serious of MD.It’s Ullrich which damages the respitory system and the muscles.My cousin has a friend who’s nephew has it and he is on a breathing moniter and wheelchair ridden at 9.It is a very severe form of MD and rare as well.

      • Phil

        Ali will commit suicide.

        • Neal

          No doubt and leah must be psychic because she will have to change ali’s feces soaked diapes while ali moans and drools and her cross eyes go crazy.I bet leah will flip out and push ali’s wheelchair down the stairs.lol

  • Tonya

    It says her disease affects 1 in a Million.Very very sad.

  • Holly

    Leah should get her DNA tested and consider not having more children because this form of MD is almost always genetic and with each pregnancy there is a 25% chance of having a child with this disorder if you have the gene.

    • Anna

      And Corey should be tested as well.

  • sammi

    Not to sound negative but how are they going to afford the upkeep of keeping horses on their property? Isn’t it very expensive to take care of horses?