Teen Mom 2: What’s wrong with Leah Messer and Corey Simms’ daughter Aliannah?

Leah and Corey Simms from 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom 2 (now divorced) were celebrating their life as newlyweds, when they found that daughter Aliannah was developing more slowly than her twin sister Aleeah, and doctors are currently unable to tell exactly what’s wrong (according to this week’s US Weekly).

She is unable to take weight on her legs like her sister, and her arms are shorter than normal. She also has vision problems that are corrected with glasses.

Aliannah was in the breach position and both twins had to be delivered via an emergency C-section, so complications from the birth may have lead to the current problems Aliannah is experiencing.

A family friend told OK Magazine that as of January 2011, doctors are still perplexed by Alianna’s condition, but there is some speculation from the docs that Ali’s position in the womb contributed to her condition. A battery of tests have been run to check for a wide range of conditions including “congestive heart failure, lymphedema, and cancer,” and she’s been checked out by a neurologist.

UPDATE January 2012:

From what we see on the show (that was filmed a year ago, January 2011) baby Aliannah is making great strides. She’s been seeing a geneticist, an ophthalmologist, and other specialists; undergone two MRIs, and thankfully they’ve been able to rule out a lot of scary illnesses. There is nothing wrong with her brain, but one of her optic nerves is smaller than the other. Ali has also been able to stand up, and should be able to walk! Physical therapist Hannah said that Ali should be able to walk because “structurally we’ve ruled out any problems with that.”

The geneticist first thought Ali had campomelic dysplasia, a life-threatening disorder that effects the development of the skeleton and reproductive system. The geneticist wasn’t completely able to rule that out, but said in a letter that she had abnormal test results in the genetic tests. They were unable to explain why she was presenting the way she was clinically, and concluded that she has an unspecified kind of skeletal dysplasia, also known as “dwarfism.” Right now the geneticist doesn’t have the ability to check for every single condition. Basically this doesn’t mean that Aliannah HAS skeletal dysplasia or dwarfism, but that they can’t rule it out. They’re scheduling Ali for more tests in a year, which would be around now (January 2012.) They’re currently under a wait-and-see program, which is maddening, but thankfully the worst conditions have been ruled out, and baby Ali has been able to stand by herself and make other developmental strides.

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  • i love leah and corey they are real and actually care for there childeren props too both leah and corey for being amazing parents and not slackers like jenelle and amber portwood

    • Chelsey

      leah and corey are doing a wonderful job raising there daughters together. I;m sorry for Aliannah whos haveing problem i wish u both the best and keep up the great work guys

  • tasha

    I Love these two together. They do what needs to be done to take the best care of their daughters.

  • Cassandra

    i give them props because there tried to work things out for the babies. (:

  • Brittany

    The only thing is I don’t like Corey at all because he seems to be mean to his wife before they got married he didn’t like her going out with her friends which seems unfair cause he probably did the same thing. I like Leah on the other hand an her daughters are SOO cute and I hope that AliAnnah gets better because being that young and having to deal with that seems hard šŸ™ overall Leah is a great parent and corey is to he just has to loosen up and be the man in the family and let Leah hang out with her friends lol I might have spelled her name wrong.

    • Veronica

      I can see Corey’s point in not wanting the mother of his children to hang out with her friends all the time especially since her ex was usually where she was going. I can see her wanting to hang out with her friends sometimes but it seemed like she only wanted to hang out with them if her ex was going to be there. Her ex even came to the house that Corey was paying for. I would be pissed if I were Corey too. I think Corey is a good man and Leah is a good young woman that is lucky to have Corey as the father of her children. I wish them both the best of luck and am praying for baby Ali.

    • shelby

      Did u even watch their episode?? u nust have them mixed up with someone else…Leah dumped Corey and tried to get back with her ex-bf…he never said she couldnt go out with her friends…he’s been nothing but amazing to her…he was protecting himself from getting hurt again in the beginning of this season, but since the show stopped taping they have gotten married and are doing great!

  • Kayla

    Leah and Corey are the best!!! I live in WV and I’ve met Corey and Leah and they are great parents, and great people!

    • I’ve been watching from day one, i cry with every episode I saw you in that wedding dress I dropped to the floor sobbing, of happiness I am glad you guys made it thru…. Corey you are am amazing human being. Don’t let none tell you any different and never stop expressing your feelings to your babies and to Leah.
      God bless you and you beautiful babies!
      – Marlene Garreyescia

    • Laura

      I think Leah is an amazing woman!!!! I am a 28 year old with one 9 month old and I struggle to get through days sometimes. I think she does an amazing job. Having children can really put a strain on any relationship. My husband and I seperated when my daughter was 2 months old and we are now working things out. I wish Leah and Corey all the best!!! I just moved to West Virginia and would seriously love to meet you guys!!!

  • Gwen

    I kinda know what Leah and Corey are going thourgh. My Daughter was born with a condition called pffd. When I was told this I thought I somehow caused it. I did everyhting right no smoking, no drinking, I even quit working as a housekeeper. They will get through this it will be hard. I wish them the best of luck.

  • Kristin

    Hi Leah & Corey!
    Keep up the great work with your twins. Leah to whoever said you favor one daughter over the over – dont even humble them with a responce. When you have more then one kid you have to love them differently because they are different people but that doesnt mean you love one any more or less then the other. You love your kids the same but different. I only have one child and I know that!
    By the way I live in West Virginia too, pretty close to Clay (if Im thinking of the right Clay)!
    Best of luck to you both and best wishes to baby Ali!

  • Michael

    Her baby’s name is Aleeha, not Aliannah

  • Michael

    Aliannah is developing normally, Aleeha is not. I think.

  • Jay

    I think that thier daughter has cerebral palsy. Look it up.

    • Erin

      I was watching Pit Boss and saw baby pics of one of the little people and his arms and legs looked a lot like hers. I wonder if she might have what they have? Or if they even checked for that

    • Mel

      i have cerebral palsy
      i also think ali has cp

      • ulia

        She most definitely has Achondroplasia, a type of skeletal dysplasia (dwarfism). If you look up the characteristics of that condition, she basically has all of them. I wonder how the doctors could have missed that.

    • Demona

      I just watched her walk and she does present like palsy but I have no experience with the Achondroplasia. I have a sibling with palsy that presented the same way when walking, developing but with good therapy and bracing she no longer has any outward signs and is in her 30’s now.

  • BrandieAdelman

    Hey Leah and Corey your girls are very pretty just like there mommy. You guys are great parents and I hope all is well for you and your girls best wishes and good luck in all that you and the girls may do.

  • leslie

    ive watched their shows from day one! love them! im no expert by a long shot but ive been where they are….my daughter was born with ceberal palsy…it took up a bit to see that she wasnt developing like she should…she has been going to physical & occupational therapy since 7mths….she had a mri of her brain when she was 2yrs old…the mri revealed that she had a stroke when i was still in labor….had the doctors taken her when her heartbeat dropped she may not be in this position…she now gets botox treatments which acutually help quite a bit to loosen her muscles….she is the most wonderful, smart, generous, sweet kid i know…shes been thru more stuff in her 6yrs than alot of people have in their lifetime….but she doesnt let it stop her from doing anything she wants to do…so i just wanna let leah & corey know that there may be a long road ahead but its all worth it in the end..

  • joahnn

    I really feel for both Corey and Leah for having to deal with the complications of their baby. My prayers are with them. Not only did they have twins so young but being they have been very strong in the process. Being young parents is hard and I only hope they keep positive through everything that their baby is going through.

  • jc

    Corey and Leah, you guys have endured a lot for being young. I know you guys can work things out between each other and for you to be strong through aliannahs journey to find an answer. Keep a positive mentallity through it all. Just remember, there’s a reason for everything., and miracles are real just keep faith and don’t give up. GOD. Doesn’t put anything in your life you can’t handle. He knows you can but you got to be faithful and trusting. Good luck and God Bless