Actress Abigail Breslin took to social media to deliver the heartbreaking news that her father, Michael, has been hospitalized after contracting COVID-19.
“Hi guys. Unfortunately, this post isn’t one I ever thought I would have to make,” the 24-year-old actress wrote on Instagram. “I’m asking for prayers and positivity sent this way for my daddy, Michael who tested positive for COVID-19 and this morning had to be placed on a ventilator.”
She added: “We are continuing to stay positive and know he’s under great care,” noting that she’s “extremely thankful for the nurses and doctors who are working hard to make sure he fights this virus.”
“I have faith that things will turn around at any moment, but in the meantime, please continue to wear your masks and follow COVID protocol,” Breslin concluded her statement.
Fans and famous friends rallied around the young actress and showered her with love and support during this difficult time. Will & Grace star Debra Messing commented, “Oh Abbie! I am praying for him and for all of you. I can’t imagine how scary it is and painful not being able to visit him. I’m sending you and him all love and healing.❤️,” while a fan offered her some words of hope, saying: “My dad was put on the ventilator for a month and he’s back home now! We will keep him in our prayers 🙏❤️.”
The My Sister’s Keeper star followed up her statement with a tweet detailing the harrowing experience of dealing with the novel virus. “All I can say is this: COVID is never more real until you’ve experienced it firsthand or through a loved one,” she wrote. “It’s unpredictable and relentless. My dad has been incredibly careful and hasn’t left home since it began except for doctors appointments. Plz be safe. PLEASE.”
Breslin rose to fame with her groundbreaking performance in 2002’s cult hit film Signs and was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the 2006’s Little Miss Sunshine. The actress is the youngest of her siblings, including two brothers Ryan and Spencer — who are also actors.