“My heart just burst wide open!” Viola Davis “honored” by fan naming her daughter after the actress

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Viola Davis wrote that her "heart just burst wide open" when responding to an Instagram post from a fan who said she named her young daughter after the actress.

Erin Morrison-Fortunato shared in an Instagram post revealed that when she was pregnant with her now 7-year-old daughter, Davis had just been nominated for her role in The Help.

“The more I heard her speak, the more I appreciated her as not just a talented #actor, but as a #humanitarian and a #thoughtful, #reflective woman,” Morrison-Fortunato wrote.

The post went on to reveal that toward the end of her pregnancy, Morrison-Fortunato’s daughter was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition in utero. As she sat in the OBGYN’s office afraid and exhausted, she flipped through the magazines in the room and stumbled upon a profile of Davis.

“She frankly discussed her #struggles to find her footing in her #career, the #challenges she had faced and #overcome,” Morrison-Fortunato wrote. “And, in that moment, I knew that my daughter would be her #namesake.”

The picture accompanying the post shows daughter Viola next to Davis' tattered People magazine cover, attached to her bedroom door.

“When little Viola, now 7-years-old and #thriving, asks about how we chose her name, I tell her she is named [after] an astoundingly talented, #beautiful, #strong and #wise actor,” Morrison-Fortunato wrote.

The heartwarming Instagram post caught Voila Davis’s attention and she shared a sweet message to her namesake.

“This made my day," Davis wrote, in part.  "I'm honored to share this name with you Miss V. You already know the truth behind resilience, courage and survival. ...Tell it. Share it. Sending love and a boatload of respect."

Davis also offered to send a new magazine to replace the tattered one.

 

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My heart just burst wide open!! This made my day. I'm honored to share this name with you Miss V. You already know the truth behind resilience, courage and survival. You have a story. Tell it. Share it. Sending love and a boatload of respect and....a new magazine?? #CourageIsFearSaidWithPrayers #YouAreAnInspiration ??? When I was pregnant with my youngest, #ViolaDavis had just been nominated for her role in “The Help.” She was on innumerable magazine covers and interviewed by every talk show. The more I heard her speak, the more I appreciated her as not just a talented #actor, but as a #humanitarian and a #thoughtful, #reflective woman. I remember sitting in the office of my #OBGYN towards the end of my #pregnancy. I was terrified and exhausted as my #daughter had been diagnosed with a life threatening #heart condition in-utero. It had been a #stressful pregnancy and promised to be a stressful #delivery. As I sat anxiously awaiting my name to be called, I flipped through the available magazines to land upon a profile of #ViolaDavis. She frankly discussed her #struggles to find her footing in her #career, the #challenges she had faced and #overcome. And, in that moment, I knew that my daughter would be her #namesake. When little Viola, now 7-years-old and #thriving, asks about how we chose her name, I tell her she is named for a astoundingly talented, #beautiful, #strong, and #wise actor. She loves to look through image searches at pictures of Ms. Davis. When this copy of #PeopleMagazine arrived, little Viola carried it around the house showing it to anyone and everyone who would listen. She flipped through it so often that the cover fell off. She was disappointed that her treasure was ruined. This morning, she called me into her room first thing to show me this. ???? * * * * * * * * * * #highriskpregnancy #SADS #LongQTSyndrome #arrhythmia #bradycardia #MakeaWishKid @monkapotadog Rp @bunsarunski

A post shared by Viola Davis (@violadavis) on Dec 1, 2019 at 5:09pm PST

 

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