Angelina Jolie is not only an amazing actor, but also a brilliant mom of five kids. Recently, in the recent article for Time, Jolie opened up about medical conditions her kids had, who belong to different ethnical backgrounds.
The actress shared her experience while interviewing a medical student named Malone Mukwende, who’s on a mission to teach other doctor hopefuls how about conditions and diseases can be present in non-white patients. Addressing Mukwende’s work, Jolie said that she has experienced it first-hand with her kids.
Jolie told, “I have children from different backgrounds, and I know when there was a rash that everybody got, it looked drastically different depending on their skin color. But whenever I looked at medical charts, the reference point was always white skin.”
The actress also shared her experience when her eldest daughter Zahara had surgery last year. “Recently my daughter, Zahara, whom I adopted from Ethiopia, had surgery, and afterward a nurse told me to call them if her skin ‘turned pink,'” told Jolie.
In response to Jolie’s experience, Mukwende stated that such details are “the kind of thing I started to notice very early on.”
“Almost the entirety of medicine is taught in that way. There’s a language and a culture that exists in the medical profession, because it’s been done for so many years and because we are still doing it so many years later it doesn’t seem like it’s a problem,” said Mukwende.
The medical student added, “However, like you’ve just illustrated, that’s a very problematic statement for some groups of the population because it’s just not going to happen in that way and if you’re unaware you probably won’t call the doctor.”
Recalling her experience with Zahara, Jolie wrote in the article, “I have spent the last two months in and out of surgeries with my eldest daughter, and days ago watched her younger sister go under the knife for a hip surgery.” Additionally, the actor applauded her kids for their bravery. “They know that I am writing this, because I respect their privacy and we discussed it together and they encouraged me to write.”
Jolie added, “They understand that going through medical challenges and fighting to survive and heal is something to be proud of. I have watched my daughters care for one another. My youngest daughter studied the nurses with her sister, and then assisted the next time. I saw how all my girls so easily stopped everything and put each other first and felt the joy of being of service to those they love.”
Jolie also mentioned her sons being “there for them (their sisters), supportive and sweet.” She concluded, “We all know that moment when no one else can help us, and all we can do is close our eyes and breathe. When only we can take the next step or breathe through the pain, so we steady ourselves and do it.”