Aubrey Wolters


16 and Pregnant star Aubrey Wolters hasn't lost a visible amount of weight from drug use or any other self-inflicted condition.

In fact, the legally troubled young mom is suffering from a sizable tumor in her throat that has left her unable to eat or sleep, her mother, Shelly Wolters, exclusively tells E! News.

Well, that sounds pretty horrible.

"It's huge," Wolters says. "It's almost the size of your fist. She has to get it taken out."

Aubrey recently made headlines after she was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting at a Prescott Valley, Ariz., Walmart and cited for having prescriptions pills without a valid prescription, as well as possession of dangerous drugs.

Wolters says that 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 has not been able to have the tumor removed.

"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 legally separated from baby daddy Brandon Akerill, has a 1-year-old son, Austin Carter Akerill.

"Trying to take care of yourself always seems to be at the bottom of the list," Wolters said. "It's affected her. She is not herself. She is good girl. She is just struggling like most new parents do."

Wolters says that the pills found in Aubrey's purse were Brandon's Ritalin, and the so-called "dangerous drug" belonged to Aubrey's friend.

"Aubrey is really trying hard to be a single mom," Wolters tells E! News. "She and Brandon broke up and she is working hard to raise Austin."

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