Jimmy Kimmel Reveals Details of His Son’s Birth & Heart Disease
Jimmy Kimmel made a tearful speech about his newborn baby’s health crisis
And even Barack Obama’s talking about it.
Jimmy Kimmel opened his late-night talk show on Monday by delivering an unusual opening monologue, explaining why he was forced to cancel his show the week previously.
The 49-year-old presenter explained to the audience that he and his wife Molly had just welcomed their second child together, a boy named William ‘Billy’ Kimmel.
Although enduring an ‘easy labour’, with Billy appearing to be ‘a normal baby’, Jimmy explained how an attentive nurse noticed that the newborn had a heart murmur and that he was slightly purple.
Breaking down in tears, Jimmy recounted the ‘terrifying’ moments that followed Billy’s birth, with his son being diagnosed with a congenital heart disease, Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia, forced to undergo immediate surgery.
Jimmy then explained how at just three days old, Billy had open heart surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles which was successful, but went on to explain how his son will still need to have a similar operation in the next six months, and a third non-evasive surgery when he is older.
Taking the time to thank every person who had helped to save his son’s live, Jimmy named the nurses, doctors, family members and friends, even joking ‘I hate to say it, but even that son-of-a-bitch Matt Damon sent flowers.’
sincere thanks for the outpouring of love & support – Dr. Jane is keeping a close ear on Billy, who is very well – XO pic.twitter.com/QgSUminhmg
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 2, 2019
‘Most of all, I want to thank my wife Molly,’ Jimmy concluded. ‘First of all, for allowing me to have sex with her in the first place, but also for being so strong and level-headed and positive and loving during the worst nightmare a new mother could experience. I couldn’t ask for a better partner and I’m so happy we had this baby together.’
Jimmy ended his monologue by praising the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), a US health care law, in danger of being repealed.
‘Before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you would never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition,’ Jimmy explained to the audience.
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