Jimmy Kimmel isn’t known for his outpourings of tearful emotion. Yet a recent monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live captured another side of the late-night comedian. He spoke eloquently about his son who was born 10 days ago and the life-saving open heart surgery the infant has undergone.
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Kimmel’s wife, Molly McNearney, 39, gave birth to William “Billy” Kimmel on April 21 in Los Angeles. Billy’s short life, though, has been tough. And Kimmel decided to share the story with his audience.
“It is a scary story… but it has a happy ending,” he began.
“He appeared a normal healthy baby,” he said. “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.”
“(The doctors) determined he wasn’t getting enough oxygen in his blood, either in his heart or lungs. They did an x-ray and his lungs were fine, which meant his heart wasn’t. It’s a terrifying thing.”
“They found that Billy was born with a heart disease.” Billy had a congenital disease that produced “hole in the wall of the left and right side of his heart.”
The surgery was a success, and Billy was able to leave the hospital six days later. He’ll require a follow-up in a few months, and monitoring into adulthood.
“Every one of my friends was there 100 per cent. 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 even that son-of-a-bitch Matt Damon sent flowers,” he said.
Though the monologue was mostly serious, he couldn’t help slipping in the occasional joke.
“Most of all, I want to thank my wife Molly. First of all, for allowing me to have sex with her in the first place,” he said. “But also for being so strong and level-headed and positive and loving during the worst nightmare a new mother could experience. I couldn’t as for a better partner and I’m so happy we had this baby together. I’m definitely getting a vasectomy after this.”
In the end, his talk turned towards universal healthcare. “If your baby is going to die it shouldn’t matter how much money you make,” he said.
“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,” he said of the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
Kimmel is no stranger to being a parent. He has two children who are in their twenties. They are from his first marriage to Gina Maddy. He also has a two year old, Jane, who doesn’t look terribly pleased to have a new brother.