Jimmy Kimmel tearfully recounts newborn son's heart surgery

Speaking openly about his brood on Monday's (05.01.17) episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live", the show's host - who also has daughters Katie, 25, Jane, two, and 23-year-old son Kevin - said: "On Monday morning, Dr. Vaughn Starnes opened his chest and fixed one of the two defects in his heart".

At the end of the monologue, Jimmy encouraged viewers to donate to Children's Hospital Los Angeles as no family should have to decide if they can afford to save their child's life.

"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".

From here, Kimmel embarked on a lengthy, emotional journey that involved many doctors and nurses fighting to keep his son Billy alive.

"The room started to fill up. It just shouldn't happen, not here". "It's a terrifying thing". "Please say a prayer or send positive thoughts to the families with children who are still in the hospital now because they need it", a choked up Kimmel said.

The 49-year-old got personal while opening the show, revealing that his wife, Molly McNearney, had given birth to their son, William "Billy" Kimmel - and then the comedian broke down in tears as he revealed the newborn's heart disease and subsequent successful surgery. Kimmel said William was able to return home six days after open-heart surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Kimmel then praised Congress for halting Donald Trump's proposed funding cuts to healthcare, because "40 percent who would have been impacted by those cuts are children".

He continued: "He's doing great".

"If your baby is going to die, and it doesn't have to, it should not matter how much money you make", Kimmel wept.

"I think that's something that whether you're a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right?" he commented.

Kimmel said he would skip the rest of this week's shows to be with his family while guest hosts take his place. Partisan squabbles shouldn't divide American on something "every decent person wants". This isn't football. There are no teams.

  • Salvatore Jensen