Inside the reality star's new health struggle
Mama June Shannon lost over 300 lbs. in an attempt to improve her lifestyle, but she’s facing a new set of health problems these days.
The 38-year-old reality star was rushed to the hospital by boyfriend Geno Doak and daughter Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson after waking up one day and losing vision in both her eyes. Unable to see a thing, the mother-of-four was taken to emergency room for a last-minute eye surgery to restore her sight.
Now, she’s facing the possibility of permanent blindness as her eyes continues to deteriorate. Can her sight be saved?
The 38-year-old reality star — whose shocking weight loss journey is being documented on her reality show, Mama June: From Not to Hot — was hospitalized on a recent episode of the WEtv series after she completely lost her vision. Unable to see a thing, she was rushed to the emergency room by new boyfriend Geno Doak and daughter Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson for a last-minute surgery on her deteriorating eyes.
“The reason why you’ve been having problems with your vision is because you have a detached retina,” Mama June’s ophthalmologist told her. “So we need to get you into surgery ASAP.”
“We are prepping the operating room right now,” the doctor explained. “We’re going to have to give you what’s called a scleral buckle. The buckle will help to reattach the retina to the surface of the eye.”
According to Mama June, she had always dealt with fading vision. “My eye problems started when I was born. I was born with cataracts and nothing was ever done,” she shared. “I went blind in my right eye four years ago and now my good eye is really bad.”
The mother-of-four finally sought medical help to restore her sight after waking up one day to complete blindness. Before her big surgery — which was done in the hopes that it will reattach her retina so she can see a bit better — she admitted to feeling “nervous” about going under the knife as she grappled with the idea of becoming permanently blind in the near future.
“I mean, I don’t wanna go blind. It may take the blackness away from what I’m seeing now. But then who’s to know when like they put this eye buckle on that it just makes the black go completely,” she said. “I am totally scared about losing my vision. I feel like I’m going to lose my independence and it’s really starting to weigh on me.”