BANG Showbiz

Jaime King 'terrified' by son's heart surgery

JAMIE King was "terrified" when her son went in for major heart surgery.

The 'Hart of Dixie' star has revealed how nervous and frightened she was in the lead up to her 14-month-old son Leo Thames' heart operation last year.

She explained: "I was wheel-chaired to him every three hours, so I could breastfeed him and take care of him before he went into this huge surgery. It was a terrifying experience. But thank God for the medicine that we have now."

And by opening up about the tough time for the family, the 37-year-old actress - who also has James, two, with her husband Kyle Newman - is hoping other parents will be able to reach out to one another.

She added: "I knew how traumatic the experience was, how much post-traumatic stress disorder I had afterwards, and the trauma that I was experiencing before it.

"It's because I didn't know anybody that had gone through it and I didn't have people to talk to. I have a voice and I want to use that voice on behalf of my son - and I know that my son would want that. I've gotten thousands of letters from people and now I have a real community of people to talk to."

Meanwhile, Jaime was thrilled when she found out Taylor Swift - her close pal and Leo's godmother - had made a donation to the Cedars-Sinai hospital in Leo's name.

She added to People magazine: "It would be such a disservice for me to keep it private just because I wanted 'privacy' when I knew that the doctors needed to be honoured. It wasn't just about honouring what Leo's experience was and about honouring these doctors and also, most importantly, on the other hand, honouring all the parents that are going through this."


What got our Olympic bid over the line

Premium Content What got our Olympic bid over the line

What got our 2032 Olympic Games bid over the line

Popular markets on the move after six years

Premium Content Popular markets on the move after six years

Produce market seeks out bigger, undercover spot due to Covid ‘buy local’ growth.

Brisbane preferred candidate to host 2032 Olympics

Premium Content Brisbane preferred candidate to host 2032 Olympics

Olympics 2032: Brisbane gets IOC green light to go for Olympic gold