Susan Lucci just provided her fans with an exciting update on her young grandson who has Cerebral palsy!
“He’s skiing!” the 70-year-old TV icon recently told People of her eight-year-old grandchild, Brendan Hesterberg.
“I mean, the first couple times it took two instructors to hold him up,” Susan’s daughter and Brendon’s mother, Liza Huber, chimed in. “So to see him pretty much free skiing… it’s amazing. It’s incredible. He’s made a lot of great strides.”
Liza, Brendan and Susan in May 2016.
“In the fall, he hiked a mountain path that I have hiked, and it’s not easy,” the All My Children star said, adding Brendan is on the “lighter end of the Cerebral palsy spectrum.”
Susan’s daughter, Liza — whose father is Austrian businessman Helmut Huber — welcomed son Brendan in August 2008. The 42-year-old actress is also a mom to three other children, sons Royce Hesterberg, 10, and Mason Hesterberg, 4, and daughter Hayden Hesterberg, 5, with her husband, Alexander George Hesterberg III.
Susan and Brendan in March 2017.
In May 2016, Brendan walked his first red carpet after undergoing a life-changing Cerebral palsy surgery. “For the first time he can stand up straight. His feet are flat on the floor,” Susan proudly said of her grandson at the time.
Brendan previously underwent an elective, dorsal rhizotomy surgery that involved cutting some of his lower spinal cord sensory nerves to help him walk. “It’s just really changed his life,” Liza said of her little boy’s procedure.
“He always had a lot of spirit. He’s never looked at himself as a victim,” Susan said of her grandson at the ADAPT Community Network (formerly United Cerebral Palsy NYC)’s 70th Anniversary Gala in NYC last week. “He doesn’t complain, he never did, and he’s just creative and smart as a little whip, and very engaging and warm.”