It’s hard not to love Harrison Ford–he’s a great actor with a wide range of roles (and he’s basically Han Solo). But you may not realize he’s a pretty incredible dad, too. The Jewish actor recently attended an event at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Find a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures (FACES) department, where he opened up about his 26-year-old daughter Georgia Ford–she has epilepsy. He told the Daily News:
“She is joining me to thank FACES. I admire a lot of things about her. I admire her talent, her strength. She’s my hero. I love her. When you have a loved one who suffers from this disease, it can be devastating.”
Later, the dad of five spoke at Chelsea Piers, and described how Georgia’s diagnoses wasn’t all smooth sailing. When she had her first seizure as a child, she was actually prescribed migraine medicine. It wasn’t until she was older that the family discovered what she was really suffering from–Ford stated:
“A few years later she had another big one, this one on a beach in Malibu, where a Hollywood director found her, luckily. I said to myself, ‘This is Los Angeles, we have some of the best doctors in the world, they must know what’s wrong with her.’ But nothing was diagnosed as epilepsy.”
After going to NYU Medical Center shortly after the incident, Georgia’s current doctor, Orrin Davinsky, officially diagnosed her with epilepsy. Thankfully, she has not had a seizure in about eight years. The “Star Wars” actor said it best when he described how challenging it is to watch someone you love suffer with an illness:
“You know how it affects their lives, their future, their opportunities and you want desperately to find mitigation. You want to find a way that they can live a comfortable and effective life.”
Well said. This is the only thing a parent wants for their children–to lead a happy life.