Colin Farrell’s Son and Angelman Syndrome

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.”

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  1. My son was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome by age 2, he is 13 now. By his 5yh birthday he started to walk. By age 6 we found the Houston Area Angelman Syndrome Association. For the first time I was another child with Angelmans. Now we have 2 parties a year. Its a chance to learn what to expect and look for as our angels grow up. We have a Christmas party and a Spring or Fall party. We have about 10 angels at the parties.

    Julian Medina

  2. My 4 year old daughter was diagnosed with AS at 11 months old. She is deletion positive. She is a real angel and a blessing. Her laughter is what I look forward to everyday. We are looking forward to walking in Houston with her this Saturday!

  3. Our Angel is 4 and walking like a toddler, arms out, high stepping. She drops to her knees and tries to hop around, but we help her back to her feet. She’s incredible, starting to show us what she wants by getting herself to where she wants to go. The laughter and flapping (if painful sometimes, she likes to flap in the face and fish hook in the mouth) 🙂 is the best part of my days. We’re very thankful for our angel.

  4. I have a daughter that will be 5 in Dec. 2012. She is very happy. I don’t know if she if that fascinated with water. She does seem content when I bathe and she likes to try to reach in for the water. I was reading here and there and wish I could have an answer to what she has in hopes it’s not the other syndrome that is mistaken for Angelmans.

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