Hélène de Fougerolles mother of an autistic girl: "Her pediatrician told me she was screwed": Current Woman The MAG

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Hélène de Fougerolles believed, for a very long time, to be a bad mother. The former actress of the series Balthazar found out later that her daughter Shana was born with autism. As part of the promotion of his autobiographical book, Don't worry, mom, it's going to be fine, the pretty 47-year-old blonde confided in a long interview with journalist Isabelle Morizet and broadcast on Europe 1 on Saturday February 20, 2021. Hélène de Fougerolles explains that she always knew that her daughter "was a little different because there were lots of little things, for example, you shouldn't walk outside of the white bands when you were in the street, it wasn't not very curious, was not going to touch everything". Yet the young mother was living in denial at the time. When her relatives suggested that she go for a consultation, she inevitably retorted that her daughter "was going very, very well", that she was "in fine fettleOnly the silence of his child was disturbing to him.

"I was just told for the first 13 years of her life that she was mentally disabled"

Hélène de Fougerolles no longer counts the days spent in hospitals chaining examinations "to do blood tests, to do MRIs, to put electrodes on his head, to take x-rays of his hands". In search of a diagnosis that took a long time to be pronounced (over 13 years!), The actress only heard from the doctors that her child was"mentally handicapped"… sentence she never accepted. The actress reveals in her story that she and her daughter then aged 5 had consulted "a renowned pediatrician neurologist", who had hammered as violently as a punch: "Your daughter is fucked up". The actress has not forgotten anything from that day:"He also told me 'if a child does not speak at five, he will never speak'. And she spoke at five and a half!". If Hélène de Fougerolles wrote this book, it is"especially not for pity". Her goal? To show that she was particularly lucky having "a child like that". With hindsight, she admits having lived"a huge adventure".

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