The last season of Little People, Big World may be over, but the Roloff family still has plenty to share with their followers online. At the end of the last season, we saw Amy Roloff make the decision to sell her half of Roloff Farms to Matt Roloff, and she’s since published her memoir, A Little Me. As for Zach and Tori Roloff, the other stars of the show, they recently announced they’re expecting their second child — and fans can’t wait to see the progression of this (hopefully) next season.
Zach and Tori are fan favorites, as their down-to-earth, real personalities really resonate with viewers. And recently, Tori got personal on her Instagram about how her husband is working hard to improve his health after receiving some unfortunate news this past season on the show. Here’s what she wrote.
Zach Roloff was diagnosed with a degenerative disc disease
Like Amy, Zach has achondroplasia. While this type of dwarfism doesn’t generally affect his lifespan, it does typically come with a wealth of known health complications. And on this past season of Little People, Big World, Zach received some scary news about his back.
Pop Culture notes Zach knew something was amiss when he was having trouble picking up his 1-year-old son, Jackson, at the time. As he explained in the episode, “There’s like a tightness to my thighs, there’s a weakness in my knees. Something’s not going right.” From there, Zach got an MRI and was diagnosed with a degenerative disc disease that was causing his spinal canal to narrow.
With this sort of diagnosis, it was nearly certain Zach would need surgery — and it deeply concerned Tori. “I am scared. That’s the worst case scenario in my head for him to have surgery. I’m trying really hard not to panic,” she admitted to the cameras.
He’s had health scares in the past due to his achondroplasia
This isn’t the first time Zach’s health was compromised due to his achondroplasia. While he mentioned that the arthritis he developed in his back was something average-sized folks typically develop when they’re over the age of 60, he also had to have leg straightening performed when he was younger. “I had to have leg straightening, so I had two casts on. Then I had to go back into surgery sophomore year of high school, they added screws to the leg,” In Touch Weekly notes Zach told Tori on LPBW.
Zach’s current back issues likely won’t be the last of his health problems, either — and the parents are also prepared for their son to have similar issues as he grows up. Jackson is 2 years old and also has achondroplasia. In Touch Weekly reports Zach said of the matter, “So I’m not going to say, ‘Oh yeah, man, I wish my kid had dwarfism.’ … But I’m also not going to say, ‘I really hope [he’s] average height.’ Average height kids have issues, too.”
Tori Roloff just shared an emotional update on Zach’s health
Zach recently shared the good news with his Instagram followers — and that’s that he’s finally able to get back to playing the sport he loves most, soccer, after months of physical therapy. And Tori gave her own emotional update as well on her ‘gram. “So proud of this guy. He’s been working so hard on his health and back so he’s able to keep playing soccer! Jackson has the best role model ever,” she captioned her photo of Zach and Jackson together on the field. “I was so proud watching him interact with players and parents while also playing! Congrats to Zach and the rest of his team!!”
Even Amy made her own post about Zach playing soccer, and when fans asked her about Zach’s back, she told them what was going on. “He worked hard at getting it better so he could play,” Amy commented back to a skeptical fan on her post. And we’re hoping it’s all good news about Zach’s health from here on out.
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