From Indiana Jones to Han Solo, Harrison Ford is known for the various tough guy movie roles he’s taken on over the years. But on Monday, Ford dropped that persona and almost came to tears as he discussed his 26-year-old daughter Georgia’s battle with epilepsy.
US Weekly reports that Ford revealed his daughter’s condition while attending the New York University Langone Medical Center’s Find a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures (FACES) gala in New York City.
“When you have a loved one who suffers from this disease, it can be devastating,” he told the New York Daily News. “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.”
Ford told the audience at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers during his speech that Georgia, his daughter with his late second wife Melissa Mathison, had her first seizure while attending a sleepover as a child.
Ford says his daughter also had a major seizure “on a beach in Malibu, where a Hollywood director found her luckily.”
But even after those two incidents, Georiga was not officially diagnosed with epilepsy, with doctors instead prescribing medication for acute migraines.
“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,” Ford said. “But nothing was diagnosed as epilepsy.”
Georgia was finally properly diagnosed by Dr. Orinn Devinsky at NYU after she had another attack while studying in London.
“He prescribed the right medication and therapy,” Ford told the crowd as he fought back tears. “She has not had a seizure in eight years.”
Ford told the Daily News that Georgia’s battle is a daily source of inspiration.
“I admire a lot of things about her,” he said. “I admire her perseverance, her talent, her strength. She’s my hero. I love her.”