Colin Farrell opens up on disabled son

Colin Farrell ''almost broke in half'' when his son James - who suffers from Angelman Syndrome - took his first steps at the age of four.

Nov 15 2012, 9:10am CST | by

Colin Farrell opens up on disabled son

Colin Farrell ''almost broke in half'' when his son took his first steps.
The 'Total Recall' actor's eldest child James, nine, suffers from Angelman Syndrome - a neuro-genetic disorder with symptoms including intellectual and developmental disability, seizures, jerky movements and sleep disturbances - and he and the little boy's mother Kim Bordenave delight in his small milestones.
He said: ''We share in the smallest victories; the first words at age six or seven, being able to feed oneself at 19, and getting the seizures under control. When James took his first steps at age four, I nearly broke in half!''
Colin - who also has son Henry, three, with
Alicja Bachleda-Curus - went public with James' condition when the little boy was four years old, and says he was inspired to do so after watching the Paralympic games.
He told the December edition of America's In Style magazine: ''It was at the Special Olympics in Shanghai in 2007 that I decided, after consulting with James' mother, that I wanted to talk publicly about the pride and joy I had in our son. He has enriched my life, but I don't want to minimise the trials that so many families go through; the fear, consternation, frustration, and pain.''
And the 36-year-old actor has been given support in coping with James' problems by the Foundation For Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST).
He said: ''When you're the parent of a child with special needs, it's important to feel that you're not alone.''

 
 
 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/8" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi is the founding Chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com. Luigi posts regularly on LuigiMe.com about his experience running I4U.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Is Mariah Carey's New Song About Nick Cannon?
Is Mariah Carey's New Song About Nick Cannon?
Singer's new song raises questions about her break up.
 
 
Brad Pitt tells Story behind his Bruised Face
Brad Pitt tells Story behind his Bruised Face
Well it isn’t serious as the actor fell on his stairs wearing flip flops.
 
 
Baywatch star Jeremy Jackson arrested for stabbing a person
Baywatch star Jeremy Jackson arrested for stabbing a person
The actor was taken into the custody after victim identified him
 
 
Grey’s Anatomy kills off Patrick Dempsey’s character Dr. McDreamy!
Grey’s Anatomy kills off Patrick Dempsey’s character Dr. McDreamy!
A really sad moment for the fans of Grey’s Anatomy.