Jaime King Pens Sweet Tribute to Taylor Swift for Donating to Hospital That Performed Heart Surgery on Her Son

08/31/2016 at 05:31 PM ET

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Jaime King is filled with “gratitude and humbleness” on behalf of Taylor Swift‘s generosity.

The Hart of Dixie actress revealed Wednesday that her now-13-month-old son Leo Thames underwent “a major heart surgery” — a time she remembers as “terrifying, and traumatic for us as parents, for our family.”

In celebration of his first birthday in July, Swift made a tribute gift donation to Cedars-Sinai in honor of her godson.

“Dear all- at 20 weeks our son was diagnosed with Transposition of the Great Arteries AKA TGA. He had a major heart surgery, that was terrifying, and traumatic for us as parents, for our family,” King posted to Instagram alongside an image of the letter from Cedars-Sinai. “Only a few of our best friends knew. I felt that I had to protect him in fear of the unknown, fear he would not make it. We felt isolated & confused.”

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Dear all- at 20 weeks our son was diagnosed with Transposition of the Great Arteries AKA TGA. He had a major heart surgery, that was terrifying, and traumatic for us as parents, for our family. Only a few of our best friends knew. I felt that I had to protect him in fear of the unknown, fear he would not make it. We felt isolated & confused. @taylorswift does so many selfless acts that go unnoticed because she does them silently, from such a great place of unconditional giving. As the Godmother of Leo Thames for his birthday she gave an incredible donation to the people that saved his life Dr. Allistar Phillips and his brilliant team. It made us realize that silence cannot connect other parents & people going through these issues. TS knew that by giving back in this way would be the greatest gift one could give to us, to Leo Thames and to all of those with congenital heart issues. She came to the ICU to comfort us, to hold and bond with him with such grace & strength. Our gift back is to share our story that anyone that is going through this is not alone, we understand & want to stand up to bring awareness in the greatest way possible. Leo Thames is the strongest, healthiest boy because of this team. He will live a full and whole life & never have to look back. Thank you Taylor & to EVERYONE listed on this letter we love you. With gratitude and humbleness 💜 Jaime and Kyle

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The letter states that Swift’s gift was “designated to support [Cedar-Sinai’s] efforts in Congenital Heart Surgery and the work conducted by Alistair Phillips, MD.

@taylorswift does so many selfless acts that go unnoticed because she does them silently, from such a great place of unconditional giving,” the tribute continues. “As the Godmother of Leo Thames for his birthday she gave an incredible donation to the people that saved his life Dr. [Alistar] Phillips and his brilliant team.

“It made us realize that silence cannot connect other parents & people going through these issues,” King adds. “TS knew that by giving back in this way would be the greatest gift one could give to us, to Leo Thames and to all of those with congenital heart issues. She came to the ICU to comfort us, to hold and bond with him with such grace & strength.”

What love looks like… LT and TS ♥️

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The 37-year-old mother of two, who is married to filmmaker Kyle Newman, felt compelled to share her family’s story, as well as publicly thank Swift and the Cedar-Sinai doctors in an effort to connect with fellow families who are battling these health issues.

“Our gift back is to share our story that anyone that is going through this is not alone, we understand & want to stand up to bring awareness in the greatest way possible. Leo Thames is the strongest, healthiest boy because of this team. He will live a full and whole life & never have to look back. Thank you Taylor & to EVERYONE listed on this letter we love you. With gratitude and humbleness,” King finished, signing the letter on behalf of her and her husband.

Shortly after her godson was born, Swift dedicated her song “Never Grow Up” to him during a concert.

“I wrote it when I was 18 or 19, but my friend just had a baby and she made me [his] godmother. I was holding this little baby the other night and I was just thinking differently,” Swift told the crowd about then-5-week-old Leo.

“You’re holding onto something that’s so innocent and so perfect and has no idea what’s coming for it with the world. The world is going to throw so many things at you as we grow up.”

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Misty K on

Wow…that is so generous and wonderful. My son was diagnosed with TGA just 16 hours after he was born and had his switch at 9 days. I know just what she was feeling. The fact that he was 20 weeks old when they found the CHD (TGA) is crazy to me. Kiddos with that particular CHD are called “blue-babies” because they don’t mix oxygen (or very little is mixed through a duct that stayed open when it should have closed) in their blood out to the body. Blessing for that sweet baby and his family.

lynn on

I love Taylor Swift–she is such a class act on every single level.

sally on

Such a beautiful story. T.S. once again proves what an amazing person she is with a heart of gold. She continues to prove that she has NOT let fame go to her head and that the true joy in life is when you can give back to others. God bless her!

lilly pond on

That was very generous of Taylor. Classy young lady.

SG on

Such a generous gift! Just to clarify, as a pediatric cardiologist myself, I’m pretty sure they meant that the baby was diagnosed with TGA on the ultrasound done at 20 weeks of pregnancy (before he was born). TGA would generally be fatal within the first days to weeks of life if it went undiagnosed. Babies with TGA need surgery to repair their hearts within the first week or two of life. I would assume that Leo went to the ICU shortly after birth and had surgery a week or two later at the latest.

Jenna on

A friend of mine works at a well-known hospital in MA and she told me Taylor donates a great deal of time AND money to this hospital for ill children. I had no idea but she donates a LOT. No press, no nothing.

Kelley on

Hooray for CHD awareness! Although I do wish that it had been mentioned that, especially complex CHDs like TGA aren’t often a “one and done” type deal. Leo will need lifelong follow up care, likely peppered with interventional cardiac catheterization procedures and possibly additional surgeries, each carrying significant risks. I say this not to be a downer, but to shine a light on the realities of those living with CHD. It’s the most common birth defect worldwide, yet so few people know anything about it.