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Thursday 16th July 2020

Johnny Depp opens up about daughter Lily-Rose's TERRIFYING illness

Actor didn't know if she 'was going to make it or not'

Johnny Depp opened up about his daughter Lily-Rose's dramatic hospitalization as a child - revealing he was scared he might lose her.

The Pirates of the Carribean star spoke at fundraising event for cancer patients in Los Angeles.

“To the parents in the room who I was speaking about earlier, who I have seen melting and their own form of courage,” he said, according to People.

“I was one of those parents, for weeks, when my daughter was ill.

“I lived in the hospital for three weeks with my girl and my kid, not knowing if she was going to make it or not."

Model Lily-Rose, now 17, was rushed to hospital in 2007 aged seven - after contracting an E-coli infection that caused her kidneys to fail.

Johnny and Lily-Rose's mother - then-girlfriend Vanessa Paradis - kept constant vigil by their daughter's side throughout the terrifying experience.

The A-lister also thanked the doctors and nurses who cared for his beloved mother Betty Sue Palmer, who died back in May.

He told the audience: “She was a hellcat. She was mean, but she was funny.

“The amount of care and love she received from every member of the staff and the brilliant and dedicated specialists who tirelessly gave of themselves far beyond the call of duty, I am truly humbled by this kindness. Their kindness and your infinite knowledge, doctors and specialists.”

The 53-year-old was presented with the Rhonda's Kiss Healing And Hope Award at the event for his support of cancer patients.

And he pledged to continue his support for people suffering from cancer and their families.

“Parents, please note that you have my utter respect. Please note that you have all my respect, and you have my promise to continue to fight, this noble fight right alongside you at any time.

He added: “And, we’ll just never give up. It’s as simple as that.”