The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, 39, updated fans of Baby Dove‘s medical procedure in an Instagram Story this past Thursday, writing, “Thank you for all your prayers. Baby Dove had a successful surgery.”
“So much gratitude to her amazing surgeons Dr. Danielpour and Dr. Urata and all the loving nurses that will continue to help us care for her as she recovers,” Mellencamp Arroyave continued. “We are forever grateful.”
The mom revealed earlier in the month in a lengthy Instagram post how her youngest child was diagnosed with lambdoid craniosynostosis, which Mellencamp Arroyave said 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.”
“Dealing with anxiety, especially when in the ‘public eye,’ isn’t easy; and going into July it’s at an all-time high,” she wrote at the time.
“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.”
Mellencamp Arroyave first learned that her baby may have a health issue at Dove’s 2-month checkup, where her pediatrician said she might have torticollis, which both she and husband Edwin Arroyave‘s son Cruz, now 5½, had. In addition, the pair also share daughter Slate, 7½.
Following a CT scan, Dove was diagnosed with lambdoid craniosynostosis and was promptly recommended for neurosurgery.
In a July 12 episode of her Teddi Tea Pod podcast, Mellencamp Arroyave revealed how Dove will spend “two days in the NICU after the surgery and then it’s four to five days in the hospital and there’s just so many unknowns.”
“We both have our faith and we know that it’s gonna be okay, but it’s a struggle right now,” she explained. “They’re saying her face is gonna be really swollen after the surgery and she’s not gonna know what happened. So it’s definitely one of those trying times, where you’re just one foot in front of the other.”
Thankfully, baby Dove is doing just fine!
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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