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Jimmy Kimmel Reveals Newborn Son’s Open-Heart Surgery in Emotional Opening Monologue

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Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue took a very serious and emotional turn during Monday night’s opening of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Kimmel revealed that on April 21st, he and his wife and co-head writer Molly McNearney had welcome their second child, William “Billy” Kimmel, into the world however, the process immediately following delivery has been a terrifying rollercoaster of emotions for the couple.  Though the delivery was quick and easy, they soon found out that little Billy was born with heart complications, specifically, a form of congenital heart disease.

At just three days old, little Billy had to undergo open heart surgery, something no child, and no parents, for that fact, should have to go through at such a young age (or any age really).  Thankfully, the surgery went well and, though there are more procedures in the future for the little guy, Billy is currently at home recovering with his family!

Showing raw emotion, Kimmel opens up about the complications on tonight’s show and encourages those watching to donate to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where Billy’s surgery took place.

At one point during his monologue, Kimmel referenced President Donald Trump’s proposed $6 billion cut in funding to the National Institute of Health stating that he was glad “our congressmen made a deal last night not to go along with that.”

Kimmel said, through is tearful monologue:

“If your baby is going to die, and it doesn’t have to, it should not matter how much money you make.”

Last week, Kimmel’s live show began airing repeats while his son was still in the hospital and recovering and he will continue to spend time at home with his son and family throughout the remainder of this week.  After this week, with the looming threat of a writers’ strike approaching, the show was expected to go dark while Kimmel continued his paternity leave.

Since the WGA contract negotiations have reached an agreement, Kimmel’s friends have lined up to guest-host Jimmy Kimmel Live!, in the mean time.  Will Arnett is scheduled to guest-host for Tuesday’s show. Anthony Anderson is on board for Wednesday, and Kristen Bell and David Spade will take over on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

Along with a great line up of guest-hosts, the show has some pretty awesome guests in store as well.  The guest list for the week includes Maya Rudolph, Charlie Hunnam, Adam Scott and Guy Ritchie.

Check out Jimmy’s emotional monologue below but, we warn you!  Have those tissues ready.

 

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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