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Teresa Giudice Asks for "Extra Prayers" for Her Father Who Is "Struggling" with His Health

"My girls and I need him," The Real Housewives of New Jersey mom said.

Teresa Giudice Father Nono Sick

Teresa Giudice is asking for fans to keep her and her family in their thoughts and prayers as her father, Giacinto Gorga, deals with some health issues.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member shared an update on her dad, who is lovingly referred to as Nonno (which means grandfather in Italian), in a post on Instagram on April 2. "At this trying time I’m graciously asking for any extra prayers, good vibes, love....please send my father's way," Teresa wrote in the post, which featured a throwback photo of her and her four daughters (Gia, 19, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 10) gathered around Nonno. "My father is struggling and my girls and I need him, we need his love, his presence [and] his strength." 

Teresa also included "#thepowerofprayers" in the post.

She shared that aforementioned photo and a similar sentiment in her Instagram Story as Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me" played. "Please send prayers my way if you father is struggling [and] I need him to get better," Teresa wrote.

Teresa's sister-in-law Melissa Gorga previously asked fans for "extra prayers" for Nonno on her birthday on March 21. "He’s the best soul," she shared in a post on Instagram that featured a photo of Nonno with her 14-year-old daughter, Antonia Gorga.

Nonno has faced some health issues over the years, including several hospitalizations, as recently as this winter. Teresa opened up to The Daily Dish in 2018 about the precautions she and her family have taken around Nonno after he came to live with her following the passing of his wife and Teresa's mother, Antonia Gorga, in 2017.

"That's the thing, none of us can be sick around him because he catches it right away. We're constantly always washing our hands," Teresa shared. "Like when you have a baby and you make sure everything's clean, that's how you have to be with him because he gets sick easily."

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