Jimmy Kimmel reveals newborn son's emergency heart surgery

Candice Alexander
May 4, 2017

"Don't get too upset. Leave that up to me".

"He appeared to be a happy, healthy baby until about three hours after he was born", Kimmel shared, then related how a perceptive nurse noticed the baby had a heart murmur and wasn't the right color. "[Nurses] determined he wasn't getting enough oxygen in his blood, either in his heart or lungs ..." "It's a terrifying thing", he said with tears in his eyes. "You know, my wife is back in the recovery room, she has no idea what's going on and I'm standing in the middle of a lot of anxious looking people - kind of like right now - who were trying to figure out what the problem is".

Luckily, a heart surgeon was found right away to fix one of the defects in little Billy's heart and the operation was a success.

His son was diagnosed with a blockage of the pulmonary valve and a hole in the heart wall. "Not only did he get a bad heart, he got my face".

"They actually increased funding by $2 billion and I applaud them for doing that", Kimmel said.

William, or Billy, as Kimmel calls him, ultimately needed surgery in order to survive; the first of a few he'll need throughout his life.

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Billy will have another open-heart surgery within six months to fix the hole and then a third procedure when he's a young teen, but he came home six days after the surgery and is "doing great", Kimmel said. "He's eating, he's sleeping, he peed on his mother twice", he said. "Never has any human being ever texted more praying hands emojis to another human being than Cleto's mom did to me".

Former President Barack Obama took to social media, retweeting Kimmel and touting the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. "And thank God our congressmen made a deal last night not to go along with that".

At which point Kimmel gets very emotional, and tells how after a sequence of events, doctor's diagnosed Billy with a heart disease.

Then Kimmel turned to politics-Obamacare, specifically.

"If your baby is going to die it shouldn't matter how much money you make", he said. "That's something that, whether you're a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right?"

"Let's stop with the nonsense". This isn't football. There are no teams. "We are the team - it's the United States of America".

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