Jennifer Lopez On Her Daughter's Health Scare: "I'm Gonna Die"Shana Aborn
Being a famous mom doesn’t get you a free pass from all the headaches and heartaches of the job. No matter who their parents are, kids dump loads in their diapers, throw tantrums, wander off unexpectedly and make mischief.
They also make their parents crazy with worry over their health — as Jennifer Lopez discovered shortly after daughter Emme was born.
The singing star and American Idol judge, recently interviewed for the CNN show “Big Stars Big Giving,” revealed that several days after delivering her fraternal twins, she noticed an odd lump on her little girl’s head.
“I just remember that feeling, ‘If something is wrong with that baby, I’m gonna die,’ ” she recalls. Both she and now-ex Marc Anthony were terrified that something had happened to the newborn. “We were thinking, ‘Did someone drop her when we weren’t looking?’ ” she says. “I just remember looking at him and saying, ‘If this baby, if Emme’s not going to be OK…I’m not going to be OK.’ ”
Naturally, the couple sought immediate medical attention, and all turned out well. Emme is now a healthy girl who’s inherited her mom’s beauty; she and Max will turn 4 in February.
Dealing with a child’s crisis has a way of turning a mom into an activist. The incident inspired Lopez and Anthony to create The Maribel Foundation (named for Anthony’s sister, who died of cancer at age 8), which makes medical care more accessible to women and children in underserved areas of the world, largely through medical telecommunications technology.
But J.Lo’s mom job isn’t done yet. She may not have to worry about odd growths on her daughter’s head, but there are still plenty of colds and skinned knees ahead of her …
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