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Tamra Judge Sets the Record Straight on Her Granddaughter's Health

The #RHOC grandma reveals how Ava is doing since her rumored health issues grabbed headlines.

By Laura Rosenfeld
Tamra Judge Gives an Update on Granddaughter Ava's Health

Last season of The Real Housewives of Orange County was life-changing for Tamra Judge. Her son Ryan Vieth and his fiancée Sarah Rodriguez welcomed their daughter Ava into the world, giving Tamra her first grandchild. 

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Before the joy could begin, the family dealt with some worrisome news about the baby. "Prior to her being born by sonogram, we knew that there was something wrong with one of her kidneys," Tamra told The Daily Dish of Ava's health condition, which grabbed headlines last year. "She was going to see a specialist. We thought at the end they said, 'You know what? Everything looks good. It looks like she's got two functioning kidneys.' As soon as she was born, they did an ultrasound and found out she only has one functioning kidney."

But Tamra assures us that Ava is doing well, and that hasn't stopped her from living a normal life. "There's a lot of people in this world walking around with one functioning kidney that don't even know it, but now, since they do so many tests, they can detect it," she explained. "So just dietary restrictions. No, like, she can't be a football player. Don't want to ruin that one kidney she has. But she's healthy. She's happy, and she's healthy." 

And Tamra is absolutely loving being a grandma to Ava. "The best part about being a grandmother is her. Having Ava in our life is so amazing," the RHOC mother of four said about her 16-month-old granddaughter. "She's beautiful, she's fun, she's at that age now [where] she's just starting to walk and talk." 

Tamra is especially enjoying being a part of Ava's milestones. "She went to Disneyland yesterday for the first time. I got to see all the pictures," she gushed. "Sarah and Ryan, when I'm not with her, they're always sending pictures and videos of her. They just live down the street, so that makes it very convenient."

First trip to Disneyland. #Ava

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Watching Ava grow up has even reminded Tamra of raising her own little ones. "She looks just like Ryan. She looks like her mom, too. She has her mom's lips and her eyes, but she has Ryan's personality, God help her," Tamra joked. "And she just looks just like he did, even has the strawberry blond hair, which he had and it ended up turning blond as he got a little older."

Theses two ...... Twins ❤️

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Ava has even won over Tamra's teenage son Spencer, which is an impressive feat. "She's just so cute, and the kids, my kids love her, even Spencer. 'She's the best baby. I don't like babies, but she's the best baby ever,'" Tamra said of Spencer's attachment to the tot.

See Ava's adorableness in action, as well as that of the rest of the RHOC kids, below.

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