Dianna De La Garza is opening up about daughter Demi Lovato’s July overdose in a candid interview with right-wing media outlet Newsmax.
“It’s still a really difficult thing to talk about,” De La Garza admits. “I literally start to shake a little bit when I start to remember what happened that day. [Lovato’s assistant called and] said, Demi overdosed. So, I was in shock. I didn’t know what to say. It was just something that I never, ever expected to hear, as a parent, about any of my kids.”
After receiving the news, she says that she and other members of the family rushed to the hospital, “jumped out of the car at the emergency room and ran into the emergency room to be by her side.
“She just didn’t look good. At all. She was in bad shape. But I said to her, ‘Demi, I’m here. I love you.’ And at that point she said back to me, ‘I love you, too.'”
As De La Garza explains, she struggled to stay positive. “From that point on, I never allowed myself to ever think that things weren’t going to be OK. I prayed, of course, all the way to the hospital, and my faith is strong. I think that was one of things that got me through the next couple of days when she was in critical condition. We just didn’t know for two days if she was going to make it or not.”
De La Garza continues: “I just feel like the reason she’s alive today is because of the millions of prayers that went up that day when everybody found out what was happening. I don’t think she would be here if it hadn’t been for those prayers and the good doctors at Cedars-Sinai. They were the best. I couldn’t have asked for a better team of people to save her life.”
De La Garza also offered an update on her daughter’s current condition. “She’s happy. She’s healthy. She’s working on her sobriety, and she’s getting the help she needs. That in itself encourages me about her future and about the future of our family,” she adds.
Speaking about the broader issue of America’s opioid epidemic, De La Garza admits she was unaware of the severity of the crisis until experiencing it first-hand.
“You don’t see it coming, and that’s the scary thing,” she says. “The opioid crisis in America is at an epidemic level and people don’t understand that until they start researching it… After this happened, I started researching and looking into how opioids are killing our kids. It’s happening. I think it’s every 15 minutes someone dies of an overdose. It’s not just the kids, either — it’s grownups. It’s mothers. It’s fathers.”