As you may know, a couple weeks ago Jaime revealed that Leo Thames underwent “a major heart surgery” shortly after he was born and now Jaime talked a bit more about it with People. Here’s the full article.
Last month, Jaime King revealed to fans on social media her now 14-month-old son, Leo Thames, underwent “a major heart surgery” — a time she remembers as “terrifying and traumatic for us as parents, for our family.”
Now King tells PEOPLE her baby boy is “doing amazing,” and the reason she felt compelled to share her family’s story is because she “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,” says King, who hosted the WEI Beauty Detoxifying Skincare Line luncheon, along with Jamie Chung in Hollywood on Wednesday.
King — who found out her son had TGA (Transposition of the Great Arteries), a “serious but rare heart defect present at birth, in which the two main arteries leaving the heart are reversed,” according to Mayo Clinic — when she was 20 weeks pregnant, remembers being in the intensive care unit when Leo Thames was about to have his open-heart surgery.
“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,” recalls King, who adds Leo Thames had to be a “certain weight to survive the open-heart surgery.”
She continues, “It was a terrifying experience. But thank God for the medicine that we have now.”