He’s arguably one of the most popular actors in the world but he still is “just a dad” when he talks about his daughter, Georgia. Recently, while attending the NYU Langone Medical Center’s Find a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures (FACES) event, Harrison Ford discussed her condition with the NY Daily News.
Of the daughter he shares with screenwriter, Melissa Mathison, Ford said: “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.” What child wouldn’t want to hear their parent talk about them so lovingly?
The erstwhile Han Solo went on to add: “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.”
Fortunately, he says that FACES and Dr. Orrin Devinsky in particular, have been a “great service” the their family as they have coped with Georgia’s illness.
It was a busy day for Ford who seems very committed to raising awareness about epilepsy. In a speech at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers later that same day, he addressed the crowd and described how painstaking it was to get his daughter, one of his five children, diagnosed.
After suffering from her first seizure during a sleepover as a child, she was initially treated for acute migraines. Ford shared: “A few years later she had another big one, this one on a beach in Malibu, where a Hollywood director found her, luckily. 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.”
Unfortunately, it still took some time before the family had answers and, in the meantime, she suffered another attack while studying abroad in London. Finally, Georgia learned that she had epilepsy in New York City. An emotional Ford explained: “Dr. Orinn Davinsky, 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.”