Colin Farrell and former girlfriend Kim Bordenave, have petitioned to become joint conservators of their disabled teenage son.
The pair’s son, James, suffers from Angelman Syndrome, which severely impairs his ability to communicate. In the petition filed on May 10, obtained by E! News, James‘ condition is described as “requiring him to need assistance in preparing food, eating, bathing and clothing himself.”
The conservatorship would allow his parents to make financial, medical and personal decisions on his behalf, and his parents note that their son would choose them for the role if he “could voice his opinion”.
Angelman Syndrome is a genetic condition that affects the mental, physical and social development of children.
A note added by James‘ doctor states that it would be “difficult” for the teen to attend court on September 27, due to his “delayed development, intellectual disability, severe impairment and problem with movement and balance.”
She adds, “James is non-verbal, gets very anxious and loses focus easily.”
Speaking in a 2017 interview with Today, the 44 year old actor stated, “The struggle of a child with special needs can be so brutal.”
“They can tear at the very fabric of your heart, but the love shared and the pure strength and heroism observed is the needle and thread that mends all tears.”
The Gentlemen and The Batman star is an advocate for the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST), dedicated to raising awareness and funding research of the condition.
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