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Meghan King Edmonds Shares How Son Hart Is Coping with His "Irreversible Brain Damage" Diagnosis

The Real Housewives of Orange County alum gives a look at her son's treatment for his brain injury.

By Laura Rosenfeld
Meghan King Edmonds with Twin Sons Hart and Hayes

Following her son Hart's brain injury diagnosis, Meghan King Edmonds is seeking treatment for his condition.

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The Real Housewives of Orange County alum gave a look at Hart's recent visit to the chiropractor in an effort to overcome the challenges from the "irreversible brain damage" caused by minor Periventricular Leukomalacia. 

"Starting back at the chiropractor @drmackenzierae to make sure all of his nerves are opened up so the new neuropathways he is trying to create actually have the best chance of 'sticking,'" Meghan shared in her recent Instagram Story, along with video of Hart being treated by the chiropractor. "The parts of Hart's brain that would control certain things (like some leg movement or some eating skills) are dead. But the brain is beautiful and incredible and has the ability to create 'workarounds.'"

Meghan King Edmonds' Son Hart at the Chiropractor
Meghan King Edmonds' Son Hart at the Chiropractor
Meghan King Edmonds' Son Hart at the Chiropractor

Meghan and the chiropractor can be heard discussing Hart's eating habits in the video. "Chiropractic will help make sure these new pathways are given the best chance to open up," Meghan wrote in her Instagram Story.

After revealing her fears that Hart "might have a neurological disorder" amid her husband Jim Edmonds' cheating scandal last month, Meghan shared in a blog post on her website last week that her 1-year-old had been diagnosed with minor Periventricular Leukomalacia. Meghan said that this brain injury diagnosis explained all of her concerns about her son: "the rigidity in his muscles, the (somewhat) delayed physical milestones, the lack of fluidity with arm and leg movements, the stiffness in joints, the weakness in his lower back, the somewhat favored use of his right side."

Meghan also shared that, according to his doctor, Hart is "is at risk for being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and will be monitored."

However, Meghan, who is also mom to daughter Aspen, 2, and Hart's twin brother, Hayes, 1, is staying positive during this difficult time. "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 in her blog. "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. I truly feel as if we’ve doubled down and won the underdog hand. Truly."

She added, "This doesn’t mean his diagnosis isn’t a challenge… or a little bit sad, or that I don’t feel a little bit guilty. Because yes – just yes – to all of those things. I pray for a miracle and I grapple with how to navigate his life. Thirteen days after his diagnosis I finally put these thoughts to paper. This is a heavy challenge as a mother: where do we go from here? This is where: one foot in front of the other."

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