Susan Sarandon’s daughter Eva Amurri Martino has spoken for the first time about the incident which saw her newborn son hospitalised.
The actress and lifestyle blogger shared the story on her blog titled Happily Eva After on New Year’s Day where she recounted the time her son, that she shares with husband soccer player Kyle Martino, was accidentally dropped on his head by a nanny late last year.
The incident happened in late November when the family’s night nurse fell asleep while holding baby Major, who was born on October 19.
“My husband Kyle and I were sleeping at the time and were awoken by the sound of his head hitting the floor, and then hysterical piercing screams,” she wrote.
Following the drop, the month old baby spent “two harrowing days” receiving emergency care for a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain.
Her son was ultimately fine in the end but Martino, who is also mother to two-year-old Marlowe, didn’t share the scary encounter with her fans on the blog because she was worried of the backlash. Martino was afraid some would suggest she deserved the near tragedy for “allowing her child to be in the care of somebody other than herself.” Something that she herself believed and ultimately blamed herself for.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has reached out with words of comfort or to share their own stories the past 24 hours. It is so moving to know there are so many of you who are wishing our sweet boy well, and who are rooting us on as a family. I’d like to say one thing, which is that Parenthood is not a competition. Nobody gets an award at the end of all of it for doing it the best or most perfect way. All that matters is how we make our children feel, how we feel about them, and how we feel about ourselves as parents. To those who have expressed judgement, cruelty, and criticism of me, my choices, or my fragility during this time- I’m not going to justify myself to you. But I sincerely wish that 2017 brings you enough self love and confidence that you no longer feel the need to tear down another person during their darkest moment. ❤??✨ Peace, please. Xx EAM
“I wept in the hospital, telling anyone who would listen that it should have been me. That I was to blame,” she wrote.
“The truth is, even this woman who came so highly recommended, with a perfectly clean track record, could make a very human mistake.”
Following the incident the nanny has since been fired. Although Martino says she has been forgiven. The scary fall has triggered a fear in the mum of two which sees her now being over cautious with her children.
“Any time we are near an edge or a ledge, I fear that he will fall, somehow, and be hurt again,” she wrote. “Just last week, we were on the second floor of a Starbucks, and I sat there panicked and frozen as I imagined Major falling from my arms over the edge of the banister and on to the floor below. My brain played back the sound of his screams that night. I had to close my eyes and clench my teeth as the waves of nausea eventually subsided.”
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