Johnny Depp is an amazing father and family man despite his bad luck in romance. Recently, the actor has shared the very heartbreaking experience of almost losing his daughter Lily-Rose. The model and actress was diagnosed with an E. coli infection when she was only seven years old. Fortunately the teen is healthy now but at the time the girl was brought to the hospital with kidney failure and Johnny and her mother Vanessa Paradis feared for her life.
On Thursday night, the actor received the Rhonda Kiss Healing Award for his efforts to support cancer patients and during his acceptance speech he shared his daughter’s health scare, as well as how helpless he felt just waiting for good news from the doctors:
“To the parents in the room… who I have seen melting and their own form of courage, I was one of those parents, for weeks, when my daughter was ill,” Johnny said.
“I lived in the hospital for three weeks with my girl and my kid, not knowing if she was going to make it or not. Parents, please note that you have my utter respect. Please note that you have all my respect, and you have my promise to continue to fight this noble fight right alongside you at any time. And, we’ll just never give up. It’s as simple as that.”
Johnny also talked with deep adoration about his mother Betty Sue Palmer and the medics who helped her until her passing last summer.
“She was a hellcat. She was mean, but she was funny. The amount of care and love she received from every member of the staff and the brilliant and dedicated specialists who tirelessly gave of themselves far beyond the call of duty, I am truly humbled by this kindness.”
“Their kindness and your infinite knowledge, doctors and specialists. My mom and her family would have been very much lost in the darkness without these people. We’ll always owe them a deep debt of gratitude that is virtually impossible to repay.”