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Teddi Mellencamp Reveals Baby Daughter Needs Neurosurgery

Reality star Teddi Mellencamp took to Instagram this week to reveal that her daughter Dove, 4 months, will need to undergo neurosurgery.

She explained, “Our sweet baby Dove was diagnosed with Lambdoid Craniosynostosis and has to undergo neurosurgery at the end of the month. We are so grateful to have an amazing team of doctors and surgeons who have caught this early and will be working on her.”

The diagnosis refers to the premature fusion of the skull bones in the back of the head, which can cause brain-development complications.

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Dealing with anxiety, especially when in the “public eye,” isn’t easy; and going into July it’s at an all-time high. I was torn as to whether I should share this information, but as someone who tries to be as transparent as possible, and knowing I have a platform to reach others in similar situations, I would like to update you all. Our sweet baby Dove was diagnosed with Lambdoid Craniosynostosis and has to undergo neurosurgery at the end of the month. We are so grateful to have an amazing team of doctors and surgeons who have caught this early and will be working on her. Originally, like Cruz before her, we thought Dove had Torticollis and would likely need a doc band for re-shaping. Instead a CT scan showed Lambdoid Craniosynostosis (Lambdoid craniosynostosis is a very rare type of non-syndromic craniosynostosis and occurs when one of the lambdoid sutures at the back of the head fuses before birth). The recovery is about a week in the hospital and a couple weeks at home with a very high success rate. So although we are filled with nerves as neurosurgery sounds scary, we have our faith that she will be ok. 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. Sending 💕 to you all.

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"The recovery is about a week in the hospital and a couple weeks at home with a very high success rate," she went on. "So although we are filled with nerves as neurosurgery sounds scary, we have our faith that she will be ok.”

Teddi added, “Please keep baby Dove in your prayers.”

The star of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” explained that they originally thought Dove had torticollis, where neck muscles contract and cause the head to turn to the side, like her son Cruz, but a CT scan showed it was actually lambdoid craniosynostosis.

Teddi and husband Edwin Arroyave welcomed Dove in February. They are also the parents of Slate, 7, Cruz, 5, and Edwin’s daughter Isabella from a previous relationship.

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