Three Months After Horrifying Ordeal, Jimmy Kimmel Drops News To Fans About Baby Boy
LifeAspire Staff 7/26/2017
When celebrities or their loved ones endure heartbreaking medical conditions or trials, their personal stories when shared often shed light on issues that might have gone unnoticed. For example, Princes Harry and William have been busy highlighting mental health, while heartthrob George Clooney has volunteered in Sudan to draw attention to the genocide there.
But when a devastating or frightening issue occurs with a wee one, people take heart. Jimmy Kimmel's newborn was born with a congenital heart disease. Throughout Jimmy Kimmel's wife's pregnancy, everything looked great. But approximately three hours after he was born, an attentive nurse at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills heard a heart murmur and noticed he was turning purple.
While Jimmy's wife Molly McNearney was in the recovery room, he was notified of his son's scary situation. There was a hole in the wall of both the left and right sides of his heart, which prevented baby Billy from getting enough oxygen to his blood.
Baby Billy required emergency surgery to save his life. After the baby's first successful surgery of which there will be more down the road, Jimmy shared that his family was beyond blessed to be able to afford the incredibly expensive heart surgery his newborn endured and likely will be able to for his future operations.
But not everyone is that lucky, Jimmy noted. He said all Americans should have access to affordable healthcare and has since made this highly personal subject his soapbox.
Now that baby Billy has hit the big three-month milestone, Jimmy shared on social media that his son is "doing great." He continued to urge Americans to "remind your Congresspeople that every kid deserves the care he got." His signature humor came through in his post.
"He's eating. He's getting bigger. He's sleeping well. He can read now, which they say is unusual. My wife took a little video of him today. You can see - he's smiling because so many people donated to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Either that or he has gas. We don't know."
The Kimmel family of four, which includes big sister Jane, knows that baby Billy will have more surgeries to battle through as he grows older, but they are incredibly grateful that he is alive. Their little blessing is full of smiles and love, and has been given a second chance at life.
When Jimmy returned to The Tonight Show With Jimmy Kimmel for his May 2 schtick, he shared the emotional rollercoaster his family has ridden since Billy's birth and emergency surgery. Fans everywhere could see how shaken he was just retelling the situation on air. Continued prayers for baby Billy and the rest of the Kimmel clan!
Sources: Today, Today FB Image Credit: Instagram/Molly McNearney