Busy Philipps watched as her teen daughter had ‘terrifying’ seizure over FaceTime

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By Asiya Ali

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Busy Philipps has recalled a "terrifying" experience she had with her teenager.

The 44-year-old former Dawson’s Creek actress revealed that her eldest child, 15-year-old Birdie Leigh Silverstein, had a major health scare while attending a boarding school in Sweden.

Philipps opened up about the harrowing memory on her podcast, Busy Philipps Is Doing Her Best and shared that she noticed something was wrong when her ex-husband, Marc Silverstein, was "screaming" for her.

"I was just kind of, like, muttering to myself, and then I heard Marc screaming for me and I was like, 'What does this guy want now?'" she said. "And I went upstairs but then I heard his voice and I knew something was really wrong."

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Philipps' daughter Birdie had a seizure while in Sweden for boarding school. Credit: Slaven Vlasic / Getty

The White Chicks star said that the 52-year-old screenwriter frantically told her "It’s Birdie, it’s Birdie. She’s had another seizure," and said that the paramedics were on the phone.

Getting emotional while speaking about the moment, Philipps said she didn't know if she wanted to talk about what happened before composing herself.

"The paramedics were on FaceTime and she had just come out of the seizure and she was still in the post-aura state. They were like, hooking her up with stuff and on FaceTime," she continued.

Birdie and her friend had left the school to go to the cinema in Stockholm to see the new Hunger Games and the actress recounted how "terrifying" it was to see her "just reaching".

"Her friend who was with her, she was holding the phone so she was kind of, it was like this weird medium shot. So you could see everything that was happening. So it felt, it was just so weird," she said. "She was reaching toward the camera and just saying like, calling out for me. Just saying, 'Mama. Mama. Mama. Where are you? Mama.'"

The Freaks and Geeks actress praised her daughter's friend, Sarah, for taking charge of the scary situation, saying: "Birdie’s friend Sarah, shout out Sarah, literally, I don’t even understand."

"She’s 17 but this girl managed to get one person to go tell the theatre, to shut it down, she got two guys that they obviously didn’t know, that were sitting behind, because Birdie started choking and throwing up, to move Birdie gently to the ground and put her on her side. She got someone else to call the Swedish 911," she added.

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Busy Philipps and Birdie Silverstein. Credit: Tommaso Boddi / Getty

Following the ordeal, the former couple and their 11-year-old daughter, Cricket, took the first flight out of New York to Sweden, while Sarah waited in the hospital with Birdie overnight.

Describing the emotional toll the whole thing took on her, Philipps said that despite Birdie being "ok," she needed to open up to her therapist about it.

"I feel stuck. My therapist yesterday said, she was like 'You sound like you're disassociating.' And I understand because I feel like this year has, I don't understand what's happening," she said.

"I feel stuck in a f***ing movie, in a way that's not even disassociating, just like I keep getting put in different movies. And I just want to be in mine, like my life again. Like my movie, where it's OK."

After the episode aired, the actress posted photos on Instagram that documented her daughter's time in the hospital, writing a lengthy caption about the experience.

"There wasn’t a new podcast last week because I was focused on getting through the week. But we’re back today and we go through most of the past week and a half in both our lives, per usual," she began. "And I explain all the things that happened and try to get through it. Birdie is fine. I am fine. We are all going to be okay. But it’s been a time. and a year."

"And then, I saw that Charles Bukowski poem this morning (it’s the last slide) and remembered it from Hoffman and it’s exactly it, I think? I’d 1-10 these but honestly- if you listen to the pod you will probably get it. Even if you don’t. Either way, I love you," she concluded.

The post has now been inundated with supportive comments from users, with one person writing: "Birdie always seems like the most loving and genuine kiddo. You did such a good job, girl and she's an absolute credit to you."

Another said: "Glad Birdie is okay and you are too! This has been one hell of a cursed year for many of us."

A third added: "Big love to you and your family, you're doing a great job B... you've made it this far with style and grace."

Featured image credit: Variety / Getty

Busy Philipps watched as her teen daughter had ‘terrifying’ seizure over FaceTime

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By Asiya Ali

Article saved!Article saved!

Busy Philipps has recalled a "terrifying" experience she had with her teenager.

The 44-year-old former Dawson’s Creek actress revealed that her eldest child, 15-year-old Birdie Leigh Silverstein, had a major health scare while attending a boarding school in Sweden.

Philipps opened up about the harrowing memory on her podcast, Busy Philipps Is Doing Her Best and shared that she noticed something was wrong when her ex-husband, Marc Silverstein, was "screaming" for her.

"I was just kind of, like, muttering to myself, and then I heard Marc screaming for me and I was like, 'What does this guy want now?'" she said. "And I went upstairs but then I heard his voice and I knew something was really wrong."

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Philipps' daughter Birdie had a seizure while in Sweden for boarding school. Credit: Slaven Vlasic / Getty

The White Chicks star said that the 52-year-old screenwriter frantically told her "It’s Birdie, it’s Birdie. She’s had another seizure," and said that the paramedics were on the phone.

Getting emotional while speaking about the moment, Philipps said she didn't know if she wanted to talk about what happened before composing herself.

"The paramedics were on FaceTime and she had just come out of the seizure and she was still in the post-aura state. They were like, hooking her up with stuff and on FaceTime," she continued.

Birdie and her friend had left the school to go to the cinema in Stockholm to see the new Hunger Games and the actress recounted how "terrifying" it was to see her "just reaching".

"Her friend who was with her, she was holding the phone so she was kind of, it was like this weird medium shot. So you could see everything that was happening. So it felt, it was just so weird," she said. "She was reaching toward the camera and just saying like, calling out for me. Just saying, 'Mama. Mama. Mama. Where are you? Mama.'"

The Freaks and Geeks actress praised her daughter's friend, Sarah, for taking charge of the scary situation, saying: "Birdie’s friend Sarah, shout out Sarah, literally, I don’t even understand."

"She’s 17 but this girl managed to get one person to go tell the theatre, to shut it down, she got two guys that they obviously didn’t know, that were sitting behind, because Birdie started choking and throwing up, to move Birdie gently to the ground and put her on her side. She got someone else to call the Swedish 911," she added.

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Busy Philipps and Birdie Silverstein. Credit: Tommaso Boddi / Getty

Following the ordeal, the former couple and their 11-year-old daughter, Cricket, took the first flight out of New York to Sweden, while Sarah waited in the hospital with Birdie overnight.

Describing the emotional toll the whole thing took on her, Philipps said that despite Birdie being "ok," she needed to open up to her therapist about it.

"I feel stuck. My therapist yesterday said, she was like 'You sound like you're disassociating.' And I understand because I feel like this year has, I don't understand what's happening," she said.

"I feel stuck in a f***ing movie, in a way that's not even disassociating, just like I keep getting put in different movies. And I just want to be in mine, like my life again. Like my movie, where it's OK."

After the episode aired, the actress posted photos on Instagram that documented her daughter's time in the hospital, writing a lengthy caption about the experience.

"There wasn’t a new podcast last week because I was focused on getting through the week. But we’re back today and we go through most of the past week and a half in both our lives, per usual," she began. "And I explain all the things that happened and try to get through it. Birdie is fine. I am fine. We are all going to be okay. But it’s been a time. and a year."

"And then, I saw that Charles Bukowski poem this morning (it’s the last slide) and remembered it from Hoffman and it’s exactly it, I think? I’d 1-10 these but honestly- if you listen to the pod you will probably get it. Even if you don’t. Either way, I love you," she concluded.

The post has now been inundated with supportive comments from users, with one person writing: "Birdie always seems like the most loving and genuine kiddo. You did such a good job, girl and she's an absolute credit to you."

Another said: "Glad Birdie is okay and you are too! This has been one hell of a cursed year for many of us."

A third added: "Big love to you and your family, you're doing a great job B... you've made it this far with style and grace."

Featured image credit: Variety / Getty