‘Teen Mom OG’ Star Gary Shirley Gives Updates on His Parents’ Recoveries from COVID-19

“Things are looking up!”

Gary Shirley gave his followers a happy update on his parents’ battle with COVID-19. 

The Teen Mom OG dad— who, in May, revealed that both his mother Carol and stepdad Jody Patterson had been diagnosed with the virus— appears to be breathing a sigh of relief that both his mom and Jody are making progress in their recoveries. 

While Carol was the first contract the virus, Jody’s case was much worse and became life-threatening around mid-May. Gary shared at the time that Jody was hospitalized and spent two weeks on a ventilator, while in a drug-induced coma.

On Thursday, Gary gave a progress report on how both Carol and Jody’s recoveries have gone. He also thanked ‘Teen Mom’ fans for their support.

“I want to take a minute to thank ALL of you for your thoughts and prayers over the last couple months,” Gary captioned an Instagram photo of Carol and Jody. “UPDATE: My mom has FULLY recovered from Covid-19 and back to normal activities. Jody was released from the hospital and now receiving therapy at home. He is continuing to build strength which was lost from being on the ventilator for 20 days and hospitalized for 2 months. He will also make a full recovery with time.”

Gary received some kind words on his post from Dimitri Garcia, the Belgian boyfriend of Gary’s ex Amber Portwood.

“I am super happy for you my friends,” Dimitri wrote in the comment section of Gary’s post. 

Carol has appeared on ‘Teen Mom’ since the show began, and the show’s fans will best-remember Jody from several episodes from Season 7, in which he and Gary took DNA tests to see if Jody was Gary’s biological father. Although the tests showed that Jody was not Gary’s father, he has remained active in Gary’s life, as well as the lives of Gary’s kids.

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(Photos: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images; MTV; Instagram)


  1. This is really great news! Jody is very fortunate, I hope his recovery goes well! Sadly, Nick Cordero just lost his 95 day ICU battle with this disease on July 5th. He left behind a wife & 1 year old son. Unfortunately, this disease is indiscriminate in who it attacks.

    1. Everyone is at risk 🤷🏻‍♀️
      Pointing out discriminate at this point🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️
      How can that be relevant?
      Happy for the Shirley’s ❤️

    2. Everyone is at risk 🤷🏻‍♀️
      Pointing out discriminate at this point🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️
      How can that be relevant?
      Happy for the Shirley’s ❤️

  2. I must be psychic (or psycho), I was just wondering how Jodi was doing because I didn’t see any sort of update about him or how he was doing since the last one (which I think was awhile ago) and I was going to ask @theashley if she had heard anything.

    Glad that his mom is recovered and that Jodi is home and getting better.

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