Jimmy Kimmel Shares The Emotional Story Of His Newborn Son's Recent Heart Surgery

"Before I go into it, I want you to know it has a happy ending."

Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel got serious during his monologue Monday night as he told the emotional story of his son's recent birth, and the discovery of a heart problem that required surgery.

"Before I go into it, I want you to know it has a happy ending," Kimmel assured his audience, before sharing that his wife Molly McNearney had given birth to their new son William (or Billy) on Friday, April 21. Things were going well, until a nurse discovered Billy had a heart murmur and was "a bit purple."

Several nurses and doctors worked together to determine that Billy was born with a heart disease — tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia. The Monday after he was born, he underwent open-heart surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The operation was a success. "It was the longest three hours of my life," Kimmel said.


Kimmel shared that Billy will need another open-heart surgery in three to six months, as well as a non-invasive procedure in his early teens. The host shared photos of the new addition, complete with a funny family portrait that includes Billy's less-than-pleased big sister.

He had a long list of people to thank for their help and support, from the medical professionals who took care of Billy to the friends and co-workers who offered love and prayers. "Even that son of a bitch Matt Damon sent flowers," Kimmel joked.

The host encouraged viewers to donate to Children's Hospital Los Angeles, and ended his monologue by sharing his belief in affordable health care for all Americans, including for children with pre-existing conditions like his son. "No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child's life," Kimmel said tearfully.

Watch Kimmel's entire touching monologue in the video below:


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