Bratt Secret Battle With Disabled Daughter

Since the news has been reported in several media, I can post it here as well

Bratt Secret Battle With Disabled Daugher

Benjamin Bratt Opens Up About Daughter’s Disability

I appreciate Benjamin’s and Talisa’s tact in keeping info about their daughter’s condition confidential, while they worked to help little Sophia overcome her disability, and only went public about it when things seem to be turning out for the best.

6 thoughts on “Bratt Secret Battle With Disabled Daughter”

  1. Teresa and I went to see Benjamin Bratt when he was doing the Off-Broadway play a few years ago, shortly after his daughter was born. Teresa had written prior to the play asking if we could meet him & he agreed. The only question I asked was “How is your little one?” His reply was much more subdued than I expected, saying only “Growing every day.” I chalked it up to his well-known desire to keep his private life private. But it makes perfect sense, given this news.

  2. The reply you and Teresa got from Benjamin Bratt to your question about his little one makes perfect sense in the light of this news.

    Honestly, I’ve often wondered how I would feel and what I would do, if I had a disabled child (or a child with special needs, as it is very politically correct to say)… if I could accept my child’s disability and wholeheartedly help him/her overcome it, or if I would be in denial or refusing to accept the situation…

  3. I know how hard it is to raise a child with disabilities (I have a sister with mental disabilities). Truth be told, I think special needs children are a blessing in disguise. They bring more joy in one’s life. I hope I won’t be reprimanded for saying so, but I speak from experience.

  4. No, you won’t be reprimanded Katherine-Lee, at least not by me.
    I have a close friend who is deaf (she is the one who wants to be described as ‘deaf’ and not as ‘hearing-impaired’, because she says that it is not by changing the tag you use to define someone disabled that you will change people’s attitude towards them and make the world a better place for them) and she is a blessing for her family and friends. She is a talented individual, happier with her life than many ‘normal’ people.
    You never know what your children’s life will be like when they are born. There is no guarantee that so-called ‘normal’ children won’t make a mess of their and their family’s life.
    Unfortunately, I’ve seen parents unable to accept their children’s disabilities and, therefore, not being proactive in dealing with them (I guess they feel guilty, sometimes). Perhaps this a society-induced attitude, as I feel that we worship perfection a bit too much.

  5. Hello all —

    I didn’t realize Gailann had already brought up the play (“Intrigue with Faye,” which I mentioned in a post under “website features” a few minutes ago) and our amazing experiences around it.

    Excellent points, Fran and Katherine-Lee!

    Anyway, about Sophia’s situation: I admire Ben and Talisa so much for their devotion as parents. I recall from his different TV interviews over the years that he is so excited to have his children; it seems clear that he gets so much from them that the “giving” associated with Sophia’s care is not a problem. He surely feels quite blessed, despite her injury.

    I also admire their ability to keep the paparazzi at bay so that Sophia’s situation has never been put under a glaring spotlight. Even as Ben talks about it now, the press is being respectful. That respect is what we all need!

  6. First off, it is obvious that the situation of each family with a disabled member is unique and how you cope with a disabled relative can vary a lot according to the kind of disability you have to deal with. Then I don’t know what prompted Benjamin to tell the public about Sophia’s situation after he and Talisa had kept quiet about it for 5 years.
    However, what I got from this story is that you can’t control everything in your life and you have to make room for the unexpected and the unplanned, no matter whether good or bad. Another message that I got is one of hope and courage for all those who have to cope with disability or sickness, that is there is a way to deal with it and you’re not alone… there are other people who are in a situation similar to yours, help that you can seek, and room for improvement.

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