- Kimmel opened his show on Monday with news his wife Molly had given birth to their son William ‘Billy’ Kimmel on April 21 in Los Angeles
- He broke down detailing the terrifying health troubles the newborn endured
- Billy was born with a heart disease and was rushed into emergency surgery
- The open heart surgery was successful but Billy will need another surgery
- Billy was allowed to go home with his family six days after the surgery
An emotional Jimmy Kimmel has tearfully revealed his baby son had to have lifesaving open-heart surgery soon after he was born 10 days ago.
The late night TV host opened his show on Monday with the news that his wife Molly McNearney, 39, had given birth to their second child, William ‘Billy’ Kimmel, on April 21 in Los Angeles.
But Kimmel, 49, quickly broke down as he detailed the terrifying health troubles Billy had endured and that he had successfully undergone risky heart surgery after he was born.
‘It is a scary story… but it has a happy ending,’ he said as he began a teary 15-minute opening monologue.
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Jimmy Kimmel opened his show on Monday with the news that his wife Molly had given birth to their second child, William ‘Billy’ Kimmel, on April 21 in Los Angeles
Kimmel, his wife, their two-year-old daughter Jane and Billy were in the recovery room three hours later at Cedars Sinai Medical Center when a nurse noticed a murmur in the newborn’s heart.
‘He appeared a normal healthy baby,’ he said.
‘My wife was in bed relaxing, a very attentive nurse at Cedars-Sinai heard a murmur in his heart and noticed he was a bit purple, which is not common.
‘(The doctors) determined he wasn’t getting enough oxygen in his blood, either in his heart or lungs. They did an x-ray and his lungs were fine, which meant his heart wasn’t. It’s a terrifying thing.’
‘They found that Billy was born with a heart disease.’
Kimmel said the congenital heart disease meant his son had a ‘hole in the wall of the left and right side of his heart’.
Kimmel shared this photo of his son William ‘Billy’ Kimmel shortly after he was born and rushed into emergency surgery for a hole in his heart
Kimmel said Billy had successfully undergone the risky heart surgery and was able to go home with Molly and their two-year-old daughter Jane
Billy was rushed to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for emergency heart surgery.
Kimmel said the surgery was a success but Billy will have to have another surgery in three to six months and a third non-evasive surgery when he’s older.
He broke down as he shared a photo of Billy in intensive care with tubes coming out of his little body.
Kimmel then showed a picture of the newborn following his successful surgery.
Kimmel revealed they were allowed to take their son home six days after the surgery.
He emotionally thanked a number of people, including the doctors and nurses who helped Billy.
Kimmel said the surgery was a success but Billy will have to have another surgery in 3-6 months and a third non-evasive surgery when he’s older
Kimmel revealed they were allowed to take their son home six days after the surgery
‘Every one of my friends was there 100 per cent. We had atheists praying for us, okay? We had people who do not believe in God praying to him. And I hate to even say, but even that son-of-a-b***h Matt Damon sent flowers,’ he said.
CONGENITAL HEART DEFECT IN NUMBERS
Congenital – meaning present at birth – heart defects are the most common types of birth defects.
Nearly 1 in 100 babies (about 40,000 babies) is born with a heart defect in the United States each year.
About 4,800 babies are born each year with critical congenital heart disease (CCHD).
Many heart defects don’t need treatment or can be easily fixed, but CCHD can cause serious health problems or death.
‘Most of all, I want to thank my wife Molly. First of all, for allowing me to have sex with her in the first place,’ he joked. ‘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 as for a better partner and I’m so happy we had this baby together. I’m definitely getting a vasectomy after this.’
He also urged his audience to donate to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and pleaded with politicians to make sure all Americans, regardless of wealth, have access to healthcare.
‘If your baby is going to die it should’t matter how much money you make,’ he said.
‘I hope you never have to go there but if you do you’ll see so many kids from so many financial backgrounds being cared for so well with so much compassion.’
Kimmel said he will be on paternity leave for the rest of the week and a number of famous faces will be stepping in to cover for him.
Billy is Kimmel’s fourth child. He has two older children from his first marriage to Gina Maddy, 25-year-old Katherine and 23-year-old Kevin. He also has a two-year-old daughter, Jane, with his current wife.
Kimmel and his wife Molly announced in December 2016 they were expecting their second child. They are pictured together in February at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party
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