Jimmy Kimmel tears up about his newborn son's illness

Ian Sandwell
Photo credit: Jimmy Kimmel Live / YouTube

From Digital Spy

Jimmy Kimmel opened up about his newborn son's serious illness in an emotional monologue on last night's (May 1) episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live.

He and his wife Molly McNearney welcomed their second child, William "Billy" Kimmel, last month, but Jimmy has now revealed that his newborn son had to have open heart surgery when he was just three days old.

"We call him Billy, six pushes he was out, he appeared a normal healthy baby. 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," Jimmy explained as he was fighting back tears.

"[Nurses] determined he wasn't getting enough oxygen in his blood, either in his heart or lungs. It's a terrifying thing, you know? My wife is back in the recovery room, she has no idea what's going on."

Jimmy explained that his son was born with a hole in the wall of the left and right hand side of his heart, but underwent successful open heart surgery, although he will have to have another surgery in "three to six months".

"Poor kid, not only did he get a bad heart, he got my face," he joked after sharing photos of Billy pre-surgery and post-surgery, adding that he was allowed to go home after six days.

Photo credit: Jimmy Kimmel Live / YouTube
Photo credit: Jimmy Kimmel Live / YouTube

And Jimmy just couldn't resist another Matt Damon dig.

"Every one of my friends was there 100%. 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 ever that son-of-a-bitch Matt Damon sent flowers," he recalled.

Jimmy ended his monologue by making a plea for everyone to support the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare, which is under threat in the US.

"If your baby is going to die and doesn't have to it shouldn't matter how much money you make," he stated. "This isn't football. There are no teams; we are the team.

"No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child's life."

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