Former “Teen Mom” star Gary Shirley is asking for prayers as his family deals with multiple health issues. Shirley and his family have been hit hard by the coronavirus, and the ex-reality star turned police officer is revealing that his stepfather, Jody, was rushed to the hospital days after his mother was fighting for her life.
Shirley made the update over the weekend and asked “Teen Mom” fans for prayers and support following the difficult medical issues his family is currently facing.
Shirley revealed that unfortunately, his stepfather had contracted COVID-19.
“Please continue to pray for my family. Jody (my stepdad) was rushed to the hospital a few days ago with very low levels of oxygen,” Shirley revealed to fans via Instagram.
He continued, “He was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit and diagnosed with Covid-19 & Pneumonia. He is receiving plasma, a new clinical trial drug and on a breathing machine in hopes to fight this virus. As you can imagine this is very difficult on my family.”
Shirley has been in the thoughts of many “Teen Mom” fans after revealing that his mother was diagnosed with COVID-19.
“This Mother’s Day is a little hard because my mother is very sick. A week ago she was diagnosed with Covid-19. Her line of work put her at a higher risk since she was working in activities and house keeping at an assisted living facility,” Shirley explained to fans.
Shirley and his wife, Kristina Anderson, have been trying to care for his mother during her time of need, but due to their daughter’s own health issues they’ve had to keep their distance.
“My wife and I have been trying to help by dropping off food (curbside) so she could focus on getting rest. We haven’t hugged her in about 3 months & we haven’t had her over inside our home for about 3 months. This has been extremely hard for all of us. Our youngest daughter has an immunodeficiency disorder where she gets sick so easily so we have stayed home and took this quarantine very seriously .”
As many fans of “Teen Mom” are hoping Gary Shirley’s parents pull through, his baby mama and former fling, Amber Portwood, is also sending love.
Even though the ex-couple has been through their share of turmoil, they co-parent 11-year-old Leah, although she lives primarily with her father.
Portwood posted a message on IG with a photo of her ex, asking fans to “pray for Gary” during his difficult time. Hopefully the prayers from around the world are helping, as Shirley recently updated fans that his mother is “getting stronger everyday and on the mend.”