Friday Chris Pratt spoke at the March of Dimes’ Celebration of Babies about his heart wrenching experience as a father of a premature baby with wife Anna Faris. In August 2012 their son jack was born nine weeks early, and for a while his condition was precarious.
“I’ve done all kinds of cool things as an actor — I’ve jumped out of helicopters and done some daring stunts and played baseball in a professional stadium, but none of it means anything compared to being somebody’s daddy,” he said. “I made promises in that moment about what kind of dad I wanted to be and I just prayed that he’d live long enough that I could keep them.”
The doctors told Anna and Chris that Jack may have special needs or have to have corrective surgery on his eyes.
“Our Jack went from a small, helpless little squirt to a strong, smart, happy, funny, beautiful boy who loves monster trucks and ‘Daniel Tiger,’ and, believe it or not, loves vegetables. Broccoli and cherry tomatoes are his favorite foods. None of what we went through would be as easy even 10 years ago,” he said. In the NICU, life or death hangs in the balance — “a balance that’s tipping towards life by cutting-edge medicines, much of which is a direct result of this wonderful organization, the March of Dimes.”
This summer Chris opened up about how his experience with his now 2-year-old son strengthened his faith. “It restored my faith in God, not that it needed to be restored, but it really redefined it,” Chris said. “The baby was so beautiful to us, and I look back at the photos of him and it must have been jarring for other people to come in and see him, but to us he was so beautiful and perfect.”