As we reported earlier this month, Johnny Depp’s 7 year old daughter, Lily Depp, was hospitalized for nine days, after coming down with a ‘mystery illness.’ It is now revealed that the mystery illness was in fact an E. coli infection. E.coli is a type of food poisoning that is commonly caused by improperly cooked meat, unpasteurized milk or water contamination. It is a bacteria which normally lives inside the intestines where it helps break down and digest food. But certain strains can get into the blood causing a rare but very serious infection. A source close to Johnny said:
Everyone gasped when we were given the real reason for her illness. It was touch and go for a while.
This has of course shaken up what appears to be a very close family. It was reported that Johnny and Lily’s mother, Vanessa Paradis, held a bedside vigil for their daughter in the hospital. He has spoken in the past about what it means to him to be a father:
I just want to watch my kids grow up and make sure they’re healthy and happy, they are the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. I never thought it was possible to feel such profound, deep love. Being a dad has given me great strength, great perspective, great calm. More than anything – I love being with my family.
Filming will resume next week for Johnny’s latest movie Sweeney Todd.
Thanks to CBB readers Mary Beth, Corinne and Daisy.
Do you know anyone who contracted E. coli?