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9 March 2016

Harrison Ford reveals his daughter has epilepsy

Harrison Ford, the actor best known for his roles in Indiana Jones and Star Wars, has revealed that his 26-year-old daughter, Georgia Ford, has epilepsy.

Speaking about his daughter during an appearance at the NYU Langone Medical Center's Find a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures (FACES) event, Ford told New York Daily News' Confidenti@l: "I admire a lot of things about her.  I admire her perseverance, her talent, her strength.  She's my hero.  I love her."

"When you have a loved one who suffers from this disease, it can be devastating. 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, 73, spoke at the event, and described how his daughter had seizures during her teenage years before her epilepsy diagnosis.

"A few years later she had another big one, this one on a beach in Malibu, where a Hollywood director found her, luckily," he said, after describing a seizure Georgia had during a sleepover as a child. "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. But nothing was diagnosed as epilepsy."

It wasn't too long before Ford decided to try NYU's facility. "Dr. Orrin Devinsky, who is a dear friend, made the diagnosis: epilepsy," said Ford.

"He prescribed the right medication and therapy; she has not had a seizure in eight years."