Dove's surgery and Cruz's broken thumb are only the latest health hurdles in the Arroyave family. In late June, Mellencamp Arroyave went into detail on her Teddi Tea Pod podcast about a scary accident that saw her older daughter lose the tip of one of her fingers.
Slate was transported by ambulance to the hospital, where doctors reattached her severed fingertip in the hopes that it would heal. But after three weeks of being in a "huge cast," the healing had not progressed the way they'd hoped, and the little girl had to undergo skin-graft surgery instead.
Slate has since been "able to start using her right hand again" and is out of the cast. But Mellencamp Arroyave wasn't immune from guilt surrounding the incident — although thankfully, her oldest child saw things differently.
"At one point, [Slate] looked at me and she was like, 'Hey Mom, just so you know, this wasn't your fault,' " the star recalled. "And I was like, 'Well, I feel like it was my fault. I should've told you before I took the trash out not to follow. And I know the door is heavy' and all of these things, and she was just like, 'Mom, I'm gonna be fine.' "
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