Jimmy Kimmel Breaks Down on Air While Talking About Baby’s Open-Heart Surgery
Jimmy Kimmel broke down in tears on his show on Monday night as he recounted almost losing his newborn son.
The comedian put his jokes aside to tell a scary story about his baby's near-death open heart surgery as a plea for President Donald Trump to keep Obamacare.
On last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the late night host got choked up before he even started talking.
He began by detailing the terrifying moment he realized something wasn't right with his newborn son, William "Billy" Kimmel, who was just born on Sunday, April 21, in Los Angeles.
The story immediately began on a scary note when Jimmy, his wife Molly McNearney and their two-year-old daughter Jane were in the recovery room at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
While waiting, a nurse informed the family that their son had a heart murmur and was purple, a sign that wasn't right for a newborn.
"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," Jimmy said.
The room soon flooded with other doctors and nurses, who suspected that Billy wasn't getting enough oxygen in his blood to either his lungs or heart. After an x-ray proved his lungs were okay, the doctors deduced that Billy was born with a heart disease.
Specifically, Jimmy said his son was born with a "hole in the wall of the left and right side of his heart."
The late night host's son was immediately rushed to Children's Hospital Los Angeles for emergency heart surgery.
While the surgery was successful, Jimmy said the baby will need another surgery in three to six months and another operation when he's older.
The host then aired a scary photo of his son in intensive care with tubes coming out of his body.
Jimmy thanked the doctors, nurses and his friends for their support during his harrowing time.
"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," he said.
"And I hate to even say, but even that son-of-a-bitch Matt Damon sent flowers."
My wife and I welcome a new baby and it is quite a story... https://t.co/VTT0oBsRFKJimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 2, 2017
The host also connected his scary experience to the current state of healthcare in the country. Jimmy talked about his privilege and how he is wealthy enough to afford any treatment Billy might need to survive.
But the host also talked about how aware he is of families who aren't as fortunate financially as he is, especially before 2010 when the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) was signed into place by former President Barack Obama.
We had a baby. Here is the story told so eloquently by my sweet husband. Thank you for all the love, support and prayers. xo https://t.co/qO9iLfJi8XMolly McNearney (@mollymcnearney) May 2, 2017
The late night host also referenced Trump's proposed $6 billion cut in funding to the National Institute of Health. The slash, which was reviewed last month, didn't make it through congress. Instead, congress increased funding by $2 million.
“We were brought up to believe that we live in the greatest country in the world," Jimmy said.
But until a few years ago, millions and millions of us had no access to health insurance at all."
The host got further choked up when he pushed for the Affordable Care Act to stay intact. He also encouraged the audience to donate to Children's Hospital Los Angeles and lobby for their politicians to keep Obamacare.
“If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make," he said.
“No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life. It just shouldn’t happen. Not here.”
Watch Jimmy's emotional 13-minute monologue below.
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