Source: Jaime King Instagram
The Hart of Dixie actress revealed Wednesday that her now-13-month-old son Leo Thames underwent “a major heart surgery” — a time she remembers as “terrifying, and traumatic for us as parents, for our family.”
In celebration of his first birthday in July, Swift made a tribute gift donation to Cedars-Sinai in honor of her godson.
“Dear all- at 20 weeks our son was diagnosed with Transposition of the Great Arteries AKA TGA. He had a major heart surgery, that was terrifying, and traumatic for us as parents, for our family,” King posted to Instagram alongside an image of the letter from Cedars-Sinai. “Only a few of our best friends knew. I felt that I had to protect him in fear of the unknown, fear he would not make it. We felt isolated & confused.”
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The letter states that Swift’s gift was “designated to support [Cedar-Sinai’s] efforts in Congenital Heart Surgery and the work conducted by Alistair Phillips, MD.
“@taylorswift does so many selfless acts that go unnoticed because she does them silently, from such a great place of unconditional giving,” the tribute continues. “As the Godmother of Leo Thames for his birthday she gave an incredible donation to the people that saved his life Dr. [Alistar] Phillips and his brilliant team.
“It made us realize that silence cannot connect other parents & people going through these issues,” King adds. “TS knew that by giving back in this way would be the greatest gift one could give to us, to Leo Thames and to all of those with congenital heart issues. She came to the ICU to comfort us, to hold and bond with him with such grace & strength.”
The 37-year-old mother of two, who is married to filmmaker Kyle Newman, felt compelled to share her family’s story, as well as publicly thank Swift and the Cedar-Sinai doctors in an effort to connect with fellow families who are battling these health issues.
“Our gift back is to share our story that anyone that is going through this is not alone, we understand & want to stand up to bring awareness in the greatest way possible. Leo Thames is the strongest, healthiest boy because of this team. He will live a full and whole life & never have to look back. Thank you Taylor & to EVERYONE listed on this letter we love you. With gratitude and humbleness,” King finished, signing the letter on behalf of her and her husband.
“I wrote it when I was 18 or 19, but my friend just had a baby and she made me [his] godmother. I was holding this little baby the other night and I was just thinking differently,” Swift told the crowd about then-5-week-old Leo.
“You’re holding onto something that’s so innocent and so perfect and has no idea what’s coming for it with the world. The world is going to throw so many things at you as we grow up.”