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RHOBH’s Teddi Mellencamp ‘crumbles’ as she breaks down in tears days before infant daughter Dove’s scary skull surgery

REAL Housewives of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp said she "crumbled" and broke down in tears just days before her infant daughter Dove's scary skull surgery.

The reality star candidly spoke about the upcoming surgery during her podcast Teddi Tea Time Pod, which was released on July 13.

She explained that doctors diagnosed Dove, who was born in February, with lambdoid craniosynostosis- a rare type of non-syndromic craniosynostosis that occurs when one of the lambdoid sutures located at the back of the head fuses before birth.

Teddi, 39, learned that something was wrong at Dove's 2-month checkup.

The doctor recommended that they go see a neurosurgeon, who told them that Dove needed a CT scan.

She recalled: "They walked me over. And getting a CT scan for a baby is already a 'thing,' because you have to put their head in this little space and they're nervous and my mind is racing a mile a minute.

"And then I was waiting for the results and all of a sudden I had all this worry and panic."

Later that night she got a call explaining that Dove had lambdoid craniosynostosis and needed neurosurgery.

The surgery is booked for July 30 and will be followed by "two days in the NICU after the surgery and then it's four to five days in the hospital."

She added: "There's just so many unknowns."

Teddi said that her husband, Edwin Arroyave, was initially "super positive" about the surgery, admitting: "I was like, 'I need you to just let me like crumble for a second.'"

The news eventually "hit home" for Edwin when the couple met with the surgeon to discuss the procedure.

Teddi continued: "We both have our faith and we know that it's gonna be okay, but it's a struggle right now.

"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."

She added: "I just want to protect her and make sure that she's gonna feels safe and good. I definitely have a heavy heart."

The RHOBH star has been updating fans about her daughter on social media.

In one Instagram Story, she wrote: "I woke up feeling sad and anxious today but reminding myself- one foot in front of the other, one day at a time. We can all do this."

Teddi and Edwin also share daughter Slate, 7, and son Cruz, 5.


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