Colin Farrell’s 7 year-old-son was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome a few years ago, before turning 4. Colin says the diagnosis was first presumed by the doctors because of the child’s fascination with water.
The sexy Irish Hollywood star opened up about his son’s condition in October 2007 in an interview to Irish Independent. He gave details on the condition and how they found out about it and he mentioned that he feels incredibly blessed to have him in his life.
On this Friday’s Ellen DeGeneres show, the actor told her that his son James is “kind of obsessed with water”. He mentioned that he is not a very good swimmer, but he loves to be in the water or around water. “It’s one of the characteristics of the condition that he has”.
The diagnosis was put by James’s doctor by accident. One day, the doctor saw him and the boy appeared to be in a very good mood. Maybe too good. So the doctor asked Farrell and the mother of the child, Kim Bordernave, if James is always that happy. They said yes. The next question was “And how does he feel about water?” They said he was fascinated by it. It was after this confirmation that the doctor advised them to test the boy for Angelman Syndrome.
Angelman Syndrome (AS) is a condition that has no cure at present. It is a neuro-genetic disorder that has the following characteristics: delay in intellectual development, delay in physical development, sleep disturbance, seizures, hand flapping, smiling and laughing frequently, minimal use of speech, hyperactivity, attention deficit, sometimes strabismus, prominent mandible, flat back of the head, or smooth palms. The condition is caused by the erasure or inactivation of the chromosome 15 inherited from the mother, while the one inherited from the father, even if normal, is silenced.
People with AS are sometimes called angels, because of their generally happy innocent mood. Colin talks about his son like he was truly and angel. At the age of 4, when h took the first step, “there wasn’t a dry eye in the house” he said. Plus, he added that there isn’t much to spoil the boy’s good mood. “If James gets upset at home I can get a pot and put some water in it. It’s really beautiful because water is such a pure element.”