As parents, there is nothing more frightening than a sick child. But superstar Jennifer Lopez used her close call to help others. The beautiful American Idol judge opened up to CNN’s Alina Cho in her “Big Stars Big Giving” special about the terror she felt when she found a lump on her daughter’s head.
The New York Post quoted the talented star from her interview – “I just remember that feeling of something is wrong with that baby and I’m gonna die.” A few days after she gave birth to twins Emme and Max in 2008, Lopez found a lump on her her daughter’s head. “I remember just looking at Marc and going, ‘We should call the doctor’… I started panicking a little bit and he was panicking too because . . . we were 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. He’s like . . . I’m not going to be OK . . . none of us are going to be OK.”
After rushing their newborn to the hospital, they luckily learned that everything was normal and their baby was fine. But it made Lopez think “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?”
Lopez decided to help those moms. She started the Maribel Foundation which helps provide pediatric medical services to those in need. The foundation was named after Marc’s sister Maribel who died of brain cancer at the young age of 8.