NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 10:02 PM
Harrison Ford has revealed that his daughter suffers from epilepsy.
At the NYU Langone Medical Center’s Find a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures (a.k.a “FACES”), the actor told [email protected] that 26-year-old, Georgia Ford, has the condition.
“She is joining me to thank FACES. I admire a lot of things about her. I admire her perseverance, her talent, her strength. She’s my hero. I love her,” Harrison Ford (photo inset) told us.
Langone’s Dr. Orrin Devinsky and FACES “have been a great service to my family,” he said. “I am grateful for that. So I’m happy to be here.
“When you have a loved one who suffers from this disease, it can be devastating. 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.”
Later, during a speech at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers, the 73-year-old Hollywood veteran — who also has four sons — said that Georgia had her first seizure as a child during a sleepover and was prescribed with medicine for acute migraines.
“A few years later she had another big one, this one on a beach in Malibu, where a Hollywood director found her, luckily,” he said of his daughter with his second wife, screenwriter Melissa Mathison. “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.”
The actor said that after another attack while Georgia was studying in London, they finally tried NYU.
Fighting back tears, Ford said, “Dr. Orinn Devinsky, who is a dear friend, made the diagnosis: epilepsy. He prescribed the right medication and therapy; she has not had a seizure in eight years.”