On the CNN special Big Stars Big Giving, Jennifer Lopez talks about a scary day in 2008 involving newborn baby Emme.
J-Lo and Marc Anthony had just welcomed twins Emme and Max when the new mom discovered a mysterious lump on her little girl’s head.
“I just remember that feeling, ‘If something is wrong with that baby . . I’m gonna die,’” Jennifer tells CNN host Alina Cho. The American Idol judge says she remembers “looking at Marc and ‘We should call the doctor’ . . . I started panicking a little bit.”
Jennifer recalls thinking, “Did somebody drop her when we weren’t looking? . . . I just remember looking at him and saying if this baby, if Emme’s not going to be OK . . . I’m not going to be OK.” The couple (Jen and Marc have since split), rushed Emme to the hospital, and “luckily for us, it turned out OK.”
Relief turned to inspiration when Jennifer realized that she was privileged to have such good care. “I was like what if I didn’t have that? What if I didn’t have access to great health care?” she says. “What if I was a mom just sitting there and there was something wrong with my baby and there was nothing I could do about it?”
The scare led the superstar couple to found the Maribel Foundation to provide pediatric care to those in need. The Foundation is named after Marc’s sister, Maribel, who died of brain cancer at age 8.
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