In an interview on CNN’s upcoming Big Stars, Big Giving special, Jennifer Lopez talks about a health scare that affected her and Marc Anthony. Soon after Emme and Max were born, she discovered a bump on her daughter’s head.
She explains, “I remember looking at Marc and going, ‘We should call the doctor’…I started panicking a little bit and he was panicking, too, because…we were thinking, Did somebody drop her when we weren’t looking?”
She added, “I just remember looking at him and saying, ‘If f Emme’s not going to be OK, I’m not going to be OK. He’s like, ‘I’m not going to be OK—none of us are going to be OK.’ ”
Luckily, Emme turned out alright after going through routine tests. The experience did make an impact on the American Idol judge.
She said, “I was thinking, ‘What if I didn’t have that? What if I didn’t have access to great health care?’ What if I was a mom just sitting there and there was something wrong with my baby and there was nothing I could do about it?”
As a result she and her sister Lynda Lopez started the Maribel Foundation, named after Marc’s sister Maribel who died of brain cancer at nine.
The not-for-profit organization is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of women and children.