Supermodel Jourdan Dunn has revealed that her young son has sickle cell disease. In the latest issue of i-D magazine, of which she covers with best friend Karlie Kloss, Dunn, 20, also talks about being a single mother. (Last year, her boyfriend of five years was arrested for cocaine possession and was expected to serve at least 3 years in jail.)
What’s the best thing about motherhood?
The unconditional love for you child, it’s truly amazing. I will always put Riley before anything else because I’m a mother first, everything else comes after.
What’s the hardest?
Riley has Sickle Cell disease, so the hardest thing is not knowing if Riley is just miserable or if he’s in pain and having a crisis. Last December he has his first crisis and he was submitted to hospital for a blood transfusion. It was the scariest thing. All I wanted to do was take the pain away… I felt helpless as a mother. But now we have experienced his first crisis we are more prepared and know what to look out for. I am hoping to be able to lend my support to a Sickle Cell charity in the near future, as I want to try and help raise money and awareness about this disease.