Former “Real Housewives” star Meghan King Edmonds revealed her 13-month-old son suffers from periventricular leukomalacia.
Hayes most likely suffered “irreversible brain damage” before he was born, according to a report published Friday by Page Six.
PVL is a brain injury found most commonly in premature babies. The injury occurs when there is “damage to the white matter around the fluid-filled ventricles of the brain. White matter transmits messages between different nerve cells and parts of the brain,” according to the Boston Children’s Hospital.
“From the minute he was born I knew something was different with Hart,” the “Real Housewives” star wrote in a blog about the boy as a baby. “The nurses struggled to straighten his legs to measure his length. He suckled hard, shallow, and often until I bled and he spit up black.” (RELATED: Anthony Scaramucci’s Wife May Be Joining ‘Real Housewives Of New York City’)
” …well, I knew. I always knew. I just knew…,” she continued.
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Donut ???? grow up sweet babies! #hartandhayes are ONE today! A year ago today I was 37 weeks pregnant and gave birth (quickly!) to 7lb and 6lb perfect baby boys. They have brought us hard work, lessons in patience, but most of all JOY. Through the trials and tribulations that comprise surviving the first year with twins we’ve emerged ready to take on the world! Boys, let your light shine! Happy Birthday!
The diagnosis came as a surprise to the family, but Edmonds revealed her and her husband are working on staying positive.
“I explained to Jimmy how we are not somehow compromised or punished for having a child with special needs (whatever that may or may not mean!), we are BLESSED,” she wrote. “I will go on about this another time but just know that I do not see his diagnosis as anything but a gift: we were chosen to take on this special person.”