Back in 2018, Richard and his wife, Mary Forrestopened up about their son’s condition in an appearance on Today. At the time, the couple recalled how they came to learn of Henry’s diagnosis. Richard explained that after taking him to many doctors, they decided to do a genome scan.
“I called the doctor and he said, ‘We found something and It’s very, very serious and it’s life-long, incurable,'” Richard said, later adding, ” It was the worst day of my life.”
And while the family continues to stand firm in the face of hardship, Richard has recounted the better days since.
In an essay, Richard wrote to Today published in 2019, NBC News’ chief foreign correspondent shared that Henry called him “Dada” for the first time.
“Finally I got a ‘Dada’,’ he wrote.
Richard later added, “For parents with growing children regularly, a baby Dada may not seem like a big deal. But to me, it’s an authentication, an acknowledgment that that’s the case. he’s there, knows me, knows that his mother and I are the force for good in his life, and most of all, that he loves us.”
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