Whitney Thore and her mom Babs Thore
Source: Instagram/@whitneywaythore

Is Babs Thore From 'MBFFL' OK? Whitney Shared a Health Update on Her Mom

Michelle Stein - Author

Aug. 9 2022, Updated 3:48 p.m. ET

Those who have been tuning into My Big Fat Fabulous Life know how incredibly close Whitney Thore is with her friends and family. The TLC star has a rock-solid support system — so it's not surprising that viewers have fallen in love with her adorable parents, Glenn and Barbara "Babs" Thore. However, the MBFFL Season 10 premiere left fans concerned for Whitney's mother. Is Babs Thore still alive? Keep reading to learn more about her recent health scare.

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Is Babs Thore still alive?

Thankfully, MBFFL fans can rest assured that Babs Thore is still alive. What first prompted the widespread concern for Whitney's mom's health was a sneak peek clip from Season 10, which was shared exclusively by People.

Whitey Thore and her mom Babs Thore
Source: Instagram/@whitneywaythore
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In the preview clip, Whitney's father Glenn informed her over the phone: "We're taking your mom to the emergency room. It's scary." Whitney clarified for the camera: "I got a call from my dad. He said that my mother had another stroke. My heart just fell out of my body."

"She was laying on the couch, and she couldn't talk," Whitney's brother Hunter recounted. "When I first came in, I thought she might have passed away."

Glenn added: "And I was trying to figure out how bad it was, you know, where do we go from here."

In another Season 10 scene, Whitney sobbed in her car as she spoke to her father on the phone. "I can't believe she's taken a turn for the worse," Glenn told his daughter.

"I saw mom today, and this is really it," Whitney said before she embraced a member of the production crew and broke down emotionally.

It's no wonder fans were freaked out!

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Viewers got a closer look at Babs' health struggles on Aug. 9, during the Season 10 premiere. Following her stroke, Babs was admitted to the ICU — where she also tested positive for COVID-19 and developed a UTI. Because she wasn't eating, Whitney's mom eventually had to be put on a feeding tube.

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Things still weren't looking good at all by the end of the episode. A doctor instructed Whitney that her family should start looking into palliative care for Babs because she didn't qualify for rehab at that point. And Whit was seriously struggling with the doc's suggesting her family might have to make a decision about removing her mom's feeding tube.

Whitney Thore thanked 'MBFFL' fans for their well wishes — and offered a health update on her mom.

Ahead of the live airing of the Season 10 premiere, Whitney took to Instagram to express her gratitude to fans and to offer a small health update on Babs. "Thank you to everyone who has reached out to support our family," she wrote. "I know I’ve been more quiet than usual on social media for the last six months. We’ve all been focusing on helping my mother recover as much as possible."

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Whitney continued: "She lights up every time a fan approaches her and she smiled so big when I told her Season 10 was premiering tonight. Seriously, thank y’all for loving my mother. She is my greatest gift and I love being able to share her with you. If you want to drop an encouraging word or a compliment or memory, I’ll read them to her. We love how much you love her. We are so proud of her! ❤️"

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Whitney's mom's prior health scare was also featured on 'MBFFL.'

This isn't the first time Babs has experienced a health emergency on MBFFL. Back in 2017, Whitney's mom suffered her first stroke, with the aftermath and her recovery featured on the show.

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How old is Babara Thore?

Currently, Babs Thore is 76 years old — although she looks much younger, according to many TLC fans. Whitney recently posted a birthday shoutout to her mom via Instagram. On June 22, the MBFFL star wrote, "QUEEN BABS 👑 turned 76 today! People were guessing that she was 60 😭 ."

Whitney continued: "Every day I pray to have my mother’s wit, grace, strength, and genetics. How lucky am I to have been given this woman as my mother AND I get to share her with the world? She is my greatest treasure and my best friend."

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Hopefully, Babs has been able to recover significantly from her most recent seizure since Season 10 filming took place. Our thoughts are with the Thore family during this difficult time.

Catch new episodes of My Big Fat Fabulous Life Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST on TLC, or on the Discovery Plus app.

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