Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker opened up about their daughter’s spina bifida diagnosis, a birth defect that affects the development of the spinal cord, during a recent interview on “Exhale.” The condition often causes paralysis, bladder complications and other physical and developmental conditions among children.
“We went from being the hot Hollywood couple with a perfect-to-be baby to completely devastated, shocked,” Boris shared with host Malinda Williams. “It was something we couldn’t possibly have ever anticipated. We were helpless, we were lost. It took us quite a while to find our bearings and get used to this new norm that we were facing.”
The actor went on to say that little Sophie’s strength helped him and his wife push through. “Sophie was actually instrumental in teaching us how to do that. Her spirit, her attitude was always, she was this little baby who was always smiling and she looked at us like, ‘Why are you crying?’” he confessed. “So we figured, okay, this is what it is. This is our norm. She doesn’t know any different and it’s up to us to prepare her and equip her for this life that’s hers and make sure that she has all options and all opportunities that anyone else would have.”