Aubrey Wolters has made headlines for plenty of things she can take the blame for, but not this. The 16 and Pregnant star has a tumor.
The youngster has lost a visible amount of weight, but not from drug use or any other self-inflicted condition. She's in a lot of pain.
Wolters is suffering from a sizable tumor in her throat that has left her unable to eat or sleep, her mother, Shelly Wolters, reports.
"It's huge," the elder Wolters says of her legally troubled daughter. "It's almost the size of your fist. She has to get it taken out."
Aubrey recently made headlines for getting arrested for drugs and shoplifting at a Prescott Valley, Ariz., Walmart. She was cited for having pills without a valid prescription, as well as possession of dangerous drugs.
Wolters says her daughter, who currently has no health insurance and so is unable to undergo treatment, will be returning to court to have her record expunged. She emphasizes that Aubrey was not charged with shoplifting.
In the meantime, the most important thing is Aubrey's health.Wolters says that her daughter was checked out by doctors at Oregon Health Science University who diagnosed the tumor as noncancerous.
But because Aubrey doesn't have insurance - and is a single mother trying to keep her apartment and hold down a job - she's lived with it.
"The last time I saw her she has a hard time sleeping, eating, breathing," says Wolters. "It is something she needs to get taken care of but she wants to get a job to keep her apartment and raise Austin."
Aubrey, who is married to, but legally separated from her baby daddy, Brandon Akerill, has a one-year-old son, Austin Carter Akerill.
"Trying to take care of yourself always seems to be at the bottom of the list," Wolters lamented. "It's affected her. She is not herself."
"She is good girl. She is just struggling like most new parents."
Wolters says that the pills found in Aubrey's purse were Brandon's Ritalin, and the so-called "dangerous drug" belonged to her friend.
"Aubrey is really trying hard to be a single mom," Wolters says. "She and Brandon broke up and she is working hard to raise Austin."