Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel deviated from his usually hilarious monologue last night and got choked up as he told his audience about the April 21st birth of his son Billy, his second child with his wife Molly.
“I have a story to tell about something that happened to our family last week,” he said on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Through tears, he continued, “I’m sorry. You know, I try not to get emotional, but it was a scary story. And before I go into it, I want you to know it has a happy ending, okay? So when I’m telling this, don’t get too upset. Leave that to me.”
Kimmel explained that although Billy seemed healthy at first, within hours doctors and nurses notice his skin had a purplish color. He was soon diagnosed with a heart defect and the Kimmels were told he’d need surgery immediately.
Billy was taken by ambulance to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for surgery. The procedure, Kimmel says, took place during “the longest three hours of my life,” and thankfully went well. Just six days later, the Kimmels were able to take their baby boy home.
The new dad then began talking about all the other moms and dads he saw at Children’s Hospital. As he got choked up again, he said, “I saw a lot of families there, and no parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life,” he said. “It just shouldn’t happen. Not here.” He then called for Republican and Democrat lawmakers to put aside their differences and come together to provide affordable health care for Americans so that all sick kids like his son can receive the treatment they need.
Kimmel then promised not to cry for the rest of his show, and also announced that he will be on paternity leave in the coming days.
Kudos to Kimmel for being vulnerable and sharing his emotional experience with his audience, We wish little Billy the very best in life and pray for his continued health! Congratulations to the Kimmel family.