Eva Amurri Martino speaks about her son's medical emergency

Jan 2, 2017 at 12:41 p.m. ET
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Update: Jan. 3, 2017, 7:52 a.m. PT: There was apparently a mixed reception to Eva Amurri Martino's recounting of her son's horrific head injury. Amurri Martino issued a statement on her personal Instagram to both thank her supporters and give a strong response to those who were quick to criticize her for sharing this story. "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."

Amurri Martino continued, focusing the latter half of the statement towards those who previously expressed negative opinions: "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."

Although it's tough to imagine anyone could issue negative judgment of Amurri Martino on this matter, it unfortunately did occur. There are no specific instances being circulated and many of the comments on the post in question (which can be found on her blog, Happily Eva After) show support for Amurri Martino during this difficult time.

Original article:

Eva Amurri Martino, daughter of actress Susan Sarandon, is opening up about her son's terrifying emergency and how she's struggling to move past it.

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On her website, Martino revealed that a night nurse fell asleep while holding her newborn son, Major, and dropped him, causing him to crack his skull. The accident happened just a few days after Thanksgiving.

"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," Martino wrote. "He suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on his brain, and was transported by ambulance to Yale Medical Center where I spent two harrowing days with him to receive emergency care and further testing. To say these were the most traumatic and anxious two days of my life is an understatement."

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Now, a couple of months later, Major is "completely fine" and "hitting milestones," but Martino is still struggling to get over the incident herself.

"The guilt I bore in the days and weeks after this accident was more intense and more damaging than anything I would wish upon my worst enemy," she wrote. "It’s nearly impossible for me to trust anyone but myself to take care of Major now."

She continued, "Even though I finally made peace with the fact that this freak accident could not have been avoided by me, it has continued to affect me to my core and in all aspects of my daily life."

The accident has caused Martino to have crippling anxiety about the safety of her other child, 2-year-old daughter Marlowe too. She describes herself as "depleted and anxious," and says she hopes the help of her husband a therapist will be able to get her over what happened.

"With open arms, I welcome 2017 as the year I learn to forgive a little deeper, to let go a little more easily, to accept some things I cannot change and to love myself a lot more unconditionally," she wrote. "To anybody else who is suffering from similar feelings or challenges, no matter the cause — I am with you in this. Let’s get better. It’s time."

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