Jimmy Kimmel’s Emotional Monologue About His Son’s Heart Surgery Also Slams Donald Trump’s Health Care Agenda

Host and producer of the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show, opened up on Monday night to explain that his son was born with a heart disease.

He said that he had tetralogy of Fallot. It is a rare disease that affects about 5 in 10,000 US children.

Kimmel recounts the events, saying that his son, Billy, had an easy birth. His wife and his daughter were playing with him in the delivery room. The nurse came in to check on him later but got worried. It was because Billy was purple from lack of oxygen. She escorted Kimmel out and talked to some of the doctors. They knew that it was either a lung problem or a heart problem.

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Kimmel said he hoped it was a lung problem because newborns are often born with fluid in their lungs, and they can get rid of that, but no. Billy actually had a wall missing inside his heart that separated the two sides. It’s called the tetralogy of Fallot, and it was devastating news.

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The surgeon was called over, and Kimmel’s son had open heart surgery, one of three, and is currently recovering at home.

He was overwhelmed with happiness, saying “Six days after open heart surgery, I got to take him home which was amazing. He’s doing great, he’s eating, he’s sleeping, he peed on his mother today while she was changing his diaper.”

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Kimmel ended the segment by pleading the politicians to make sure Americans get healthcare

“If your baby is going to die, and it doesn’t have to, it should not matter how much money you make,” Kimmel said, while he fought tears. “I saw a lot of families there. And no parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life. It just shouldn’t happen. Not here.” 

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Former President Barrack Obama applauded Kimmel

He asked his fans to support the Hospital

The support he got was overwhelming

Kimmel’s wife also posted a picture, showing the father and son bonding

The most important thing Kimmel said was

Whatever your party, whatever you believe, whoever you support. We need to make sure that the people who are supposed to represent us, and the people who are meeting about this right now in Washington understand that very clearly. Lets stop with the “Nazis!”. This isn’t football, there are no teams. We are the team. It’s United States. Don’t let their partisan squabble divide us on something every decent person wants.



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