Harrison Ford is one supportive dad!
The Star Wars actor opened up about his daughter Georgia Ford‘s battle with epilepsy at the NYU Langone Medical Center’s Find a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures (FACES) event on Tuesday, March 8 — and his kind words about his 25-year-old child will melt your heart.
Harrison and Georgia in 2010.
“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, 73, said of his only daughter, whom he welcomed with second wife Melissa Mathison in 1990.
“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,” he told NY Daily News. “You want to find a way that they can live a comfortable and effective life.”
Georgia, Harrison and Calista in August 2013.
Harrison went on to describe Georgia’s battle with the disease and revealed her first seizure occurred during a childhood sleepover. “A few years later she had another big one, this one on a beach in Malibu, [Calif.], where a Hollywood director found her, luckily,” he recalled. “I said to myself, ‘This is LA, we have some of the best doctors in the world, they must know what’s wrong with her.’ But nothing was diagnosed as epilepsy.” Georgia was later diagnosed at the NYU Langone Medical Center and fortunately hasn’t had a seizure in eight years, Harrison explained.
Harrison is also a father to a 15-year-old son, Liam, with his current wife Calista Flockhart, whom he married in 2010. He additionally has three older sons, Ben, 48, and Willard, 46 (both from his first marriage to Mary Marquardt) and Malcolm, 28 (with second wife Melissa).