Briana DeJesus Opens Up About Stella's Scary Medical Condition

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Poor sweet baby! We found out a while ago that Briana DeJesus's newborn daughter Stella had a serious heart defect, but watching her go through the discovery of it on this week's episode of Teen Mom 2 was just heart-wrenching.

  • Briana raced Stella to the emergency room when she was having trouble breathing and her hands and feet were turning blue.

    Doctors were able to diagnosis Stella with ventricular septal defect, and explained that she has three holes in her heart. Thankfully, she won't need intervention just yet, if maybe ever. Just careful monitoring.

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    "Luckily the holes don't grow, they're kind of small," she explained to her sister Britney. "People live their lives with holes in their heart ... they're fine. [The doctor] just wants to keep an eye on it."

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  • Briana has her hands full with baby Stella and her first daughter, Nova, 6, yet Brit just added to the drama.

    Bri's sister lamented to her, "We never get a break. We never catch a break in this family. Ever."

    Speaking of not catching a break, it's clear that Bri isn't going to get much help from Stella's dad, Luis Hernandez. Although DeJesus texted him to let him know about their daughter's health condition, he didn't respond. She told her friend Shirley, "He hasn't came to see her since he started trucking school ... I have so much on my plate watching over Stella. Her heart might give up."

  • Luis finally showed up -- but acted nothing like the man who begged Bri to not place Stella for adoption because he wanted to be a dad.

    When Luis finally made an appearance, the mom of two explained how to care for their daughter, and what sign to look for, like her hands or feet turning blue, sweating, or trouble breathing. She wanted to know when she could count on him to come help her care for their child, and he mostly brushed her off.

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    He said he'd be able to come over only a couple times that week, prompting her to scold him, "She needs a father in her life, you know. This is why we kept her. You haven't done anything for her. You hardly even ask how she's doing."

  • Briana's mom Roxanne had words with Stella's dad too.

    Roxanne was pretty sick of Luis's crap by that point. When she asked him if was ready to be a father, he responded, "I thought I could handle it, but I was over it."

    Roxanne responded, "It just baffles me when you can sit there like a zombie and your daughter is going through so much. You didn't have the decency to call or check up on your daughter. Meanwhile, she could have had a heart attack."

    Ugh, break our hearts for Briana! She has so much to deal with right now, and her deadbeat baby daddy isn't helping matters at all. We just hope that little Stella continues to grow strong and improve, and that she won't have any more complications with her heart.