Colin Farrell discusses son's Angelman Syndrome
Actor Colin Farrell’s four-year-old son, James, was born with Angelman Syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes developmental delay and neurological problems. Despite being born with this syndrome, Colin says his son is an “incredibly happy boy” and he feels “incredibly blessed to have him in my life.”
The 31-year-old Irish actor sometimes forgets that his son with ex-girlfriend Kim Bordenave has special needs.
With my son the only time I’m reminded that there is something different about him –- that he has some deviation of what is perceived to be normal –- is when I see him with other four-year-olds. Then I go “oh yeah” and it comes back to me. But from day one I felt that he’s the way he’s meant to be.
The actor, who shares joint custody with Kim, credits her for being so active in getting their son the help he needs. Colin is extremely proud of his son and the obstacles that he has had to overcome in his short life.
He took his first steps about six weeks ago and it was four years in the making. All the work is his, he worked his arse off for four years. And when he took the first steps it was incredibly emotional, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
His speech is affected, he’s four and he’s not really talking yet buthe makes the most delectable sounds in the world. You couldn’t get asound as good from a garden of f–king birds.
The actor is amazed at how things work out in life. Before his son was born, Colin led the Irish team to the Special Olympics to Croke Park. Little did he know his son would be born with special needs.
It’s mad the way the world works. It’s bizarre. I experienced the overwhelming effect of being around those athletes pretty much just before my son was born with special needs. I have never thought of my son as being someone with a disability. It goes back to special needs and what is a disability and what isn’t.
Source: Independent; Daily Mirror
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