It's a parent's worst nightmare. Sister Wives stars Christine Brown and her husband Kody Brown delivered some heartbreaking news when they revealed that their daughter Ysabel Brown has not only been struggling with scoliosis but that her condition has recently taken a turn for the worse. In the midst of planning a wedding for her older daughter Mykelti Brown, Christine was also dealing with Ysabel's troubling health update.
Scoliosis is a common, chronic condition where the spine develops a sideways curvature. It affects about 3 million people — but most cases occur in girls between the ages of 10 and 12, the mom-of-six said in a clip from the episode. An orthopedic surgeon suggested that Ysabel start sleeping with a back brace in order to try to correct the curve, but it didn't help.
"Her curve has progressed even though she's wearing a brace," Christine said in her confessional. "So the nighttime bracing is not working. Her curve is an aggressive curve. So not only is she wearing a nighttime brace, she also has to wear a daytime brace now — meaning that she has to wear her brace to school."
Christine said that every morning she helps her daughter out of her nighttime brace and into her daytime brace since the doctor said it's the only option to treat her condition. Ysabel sat down with TLC cameras and opened up about what it's like to struggle with scoliosis.
"Wearing the daytime brace is hard because I look bigger and I can't do as much and it's hard emotionally because..." the 14-year-old said, trailing off as she tried to hold back her tears. "It's horrible wearing the daytime brace. It hurts all over, it [leaves] bruises and squeezes on me and it hurts. It's awful."
But her dad, Kody, seems to be super proud of the brave way Ysabel still continues with her daily life even as she struggles with her condition and he gushed about his daughter on Twitter. "Ysabel is one who fits the mantra, 'As beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside,'" he wrote.