Photos: Cory Wharton & Taylor Selfridge Welcome Second Child Together

Cory Wharton & Taylor Selfridge

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Congratulations are in order for “Teen Mom OG” stars Cory Wharton and Taylor Selfridge. The couple welcomed their second child together on June 1.

Cory shared the news with fans in a June 10 Instagram post. The father-of-three posted several photos of his newborn alongside a lengthy caption explaining that his daughter, Maya Grace, had been diagnosed with a heart defect.

Cory Wharton Opens up to Fans

Cory told fans that Maya has a form of congenital heart disease called tricuspid atresia. “The Challenge” alum detailed Maya’s journey with the condition in the caption of the post.

“Maya Grace Wharton 👶🏽💓,” he began. “Don’t really know how to start this off there’s sooo much I [want to] say, so much I’ve felt over the past week.”

“As a parent you’re scared, worried, nervous, angry, sad, mad & you don’t understand why this is happening to your baby,” he continued. “First off I [want to] say God is good 🙏🏽 and thank you to EVERYONE for your prayers throughout this pregnancy & birth!”

Cory told fans that Maya had her first successful surgery earlier this week and is now in recovery. He explained that her condition requires two open-heart surgeries. One of which will take place in the next six months.

The “Teen Mom” star revealed that he and Taylor struggled with deciding whether or not to tell their fans about Maya’s condition. In the end, they decided that sharing her story may help other parents in a similar situation.

“This is Maya‘s journey and I debated for a long time on how I was [going to] share this news or if I wanted to share this news,” he wrote. “I think what made me [want to] share her journey is all the positive stories we heard on YouTube & the Internet.”

“If we share her story and can touch the next family that’s going through this, then that’s what we want to do,” he continued.

He ended the post with a sweet message dedicated to his little girl, letting her know how proud he is of her strength.

“Daddy loves you so much, you are so strong, every day visiting you in Nicu isn’t easy but if that’s what it takes then we are gonna do that,” he wrote.

“We all LOVE YOU SO MUCHHH,” he continued. “We can’t wait to have you home, So you just keep recovering and before you know it you’ll be home with us.”

Taylor Updates Fans on Maya’s Health

Taylor shared an update about Maya’s health in a September 2022 Instagram post. The mother-of-two shared a sweet photo of her and her daughter alongside a lengthy caption detailing where Maya is at in her health journey.

Taylor admitted she struggles with intrusive thoughts when it comes to her daughter’s condition.

“I always get so many questions about Maya and one of the ones I see often is how do I feel as a mama with everything and I wanted to be honest,” she wrote. “I’m okay on a day to day but that being said.. in the back of my mind I’m always dealing with intrusive thoughts about her and what could happen. ”

She continued, “We’re approaching her Glenn procedure which is an open heart surgery and I’ve never been more afraid of anything in my life.”

According to Children’s Wisconsin, the Glenn procedure is “the second of three congenital open heart surgeries performed to correct hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) and other single ventricle heart defects.”

“As she gets bigger, her oxygen drops more which is why she needs the surgery,” Taylor wrote in the September 26 Instagram post. “She’ll be in so much better health once this one is over. She’s in the most vulnerable state she’ll be in her entire life right now as we speak. After this, she’ll have a [three and a half] year break.”

Taylor ended the post by stating she has faith in her daughter’s doctors, writing, “She has the best cardiologists and I’m putting my faith in them to take care of my baby. It’s so hard as a parent but I know she’s so strong. I love you my sweet baby 🤍🫀.”

Cory Shares a Photo of Taylor in Labor

On June 1, Cory shared an Instagram photo of his pregnant girlfriend at the hospital.

In the picture, Taylor is wearing a green hospital gown and Cory has his hand under her pregnant belly.

“It’s TIME 👶🏽,” he wrote in the caption. “Just wanted to say next time you see us we will be adding our 3rd kid to this family. Thank you to everybody for reaching out🙏🏽 I just ask that you keep us & the baby in your prayers throughout this time. Thank you all ❣️Love ❤️‍🔥”

Cory Shares Nicu Experience

On June 15, Cory shared a video of baby Maya in the hospital on Instagram.

“Our Nicu Experience ❤️,” he wrote in the caption. “Real quick I want to say thank you to all the nurses who looked after Maya & everybody made us feel as comfortable as we could in this situation 🙏🏽 & A big thank you to the CHD community and everyone for your positive messages✊🏽 I read all the stories and it just makes me feel a lot better so thank you ❤️.”

A day prior, the “Teen Mom” star told his social media followers that Maya was finally discharged from the hospital on June 14. He thanked fans for their words and prayers during his daughter’s difficult early days.

You can catch up on old episodes of “Teen Mom OG” and “Teen Mom 2” on Philo.

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