Chris Pratt Speaks Out About Son’s Premature Birth

Chris Pratt Gives an Emotional Speech About His Son's Premature Birth During March of Dimes Luncheon

Chris Pratt gave an emotional and humorous speech about his son’s premature birth during the March of Dimes Celebration of Babies this past Friday.

The event was held at the Beverly Wilshire with plenty of stars present. The Guardians of the Galaxy star recalled the premature birth of his son Jack Pratt who came nine weeks early. At birth in August 2012, he weighed just 3 pounds, 12 ounces. That’s a decent-sized bass,” Chris joked. “Very small for a human.”

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He and wife Anna Faris wed in July of 2009. He remembered the emotional moment holding his son in the NICU. “I made promises in that moment about what kind of dad I wanted to be and I just prayed that he’d live long enough that I could keep them,” he said. During this time, the couple was told Jack could have special needs and would need cosmetic surgery to correct his eyes. He spent a month at the hospital before they could take him home.

This was the first time the actor spoke openly about his son’s premature birth. Today is a completely different story about their son. “Jack went from a small, helpless little squirt to a strong, smart, happy, funny, beautiful boy who loves monster trucks and Daniel Tiger, and, believe it or not, loves vegetables,” Chris said. “Broccoli and cherry tomatoes are his favorite foods.”

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Pratt loves his job but really enjoys being a father. “I’ve done all kinds of cool things as an actor — I’ve jumped out of helicopters and done some daring stunts and played baseball in a professional stadium, but none of it means anything compared to being somebody’s daddy,” the Jurassic World actor said proudly.

Thankful to the foundation, Pratt acknowledged how much March of Dimes helped his family’s situation. “None of what we went through would be as easy even 10 years ago. There is a balance that’s tipping towards life by cutting-edge medicines, much of which is a direct result of this wonderful organization, the March of Dimes.”