Jimmy Kimmel and his wife, Molly McNearney, went through the most awful nightmare new parents can imagine.
They welcomed their second child together, William “Billy” Kimmel, on April 21, but three hours after his birth they were told there was a problem.
“We call him Billy. Six pushes, he was out. He appeared a normal healthy baby,” Jimmy, 49, said on Monday’s opening monologue while crying.
Jimmy and Molly, thinking all was fine, were moved to the recovery room. Billy’s sister Jane, 2, was there to meet her new baby brother.
Three hours later, the couple heard from a baby nurse, who heard a murmur in Billy’s heart Then he began turning purple.
“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. “[Nurses] determined he wasn’t getting enough oxygen in his blood, either in his heart or lungs … It’s a terrifying thing, you know, my wife is back in the recovery room, she has no idea what’s going on.”
Doctors determined that at just three days old, Billy had to have open heart surgery. He was taken to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
“He’ll have to have another open-heart surgery in three to six months,” Jimmy said. And when Billy is in his teens, he’ll need one more “hopefully non-invasive procedure.”
“Poor kid. Not only did he get a bad heart, he got my face,” Jimmy said.
Billy is now safe at home.
“Every one of my friends was there 100 percent. 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.”
And he thanked his wife, saying:
“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. Also for being so strong and level-headed and positive and loving during the worst nightmare a new mother could experience.”
UPDATE 5/9/17: The talk show host responded to criticism he received following his emotional monologue last week during Monday's show. “I’d like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care,” he said sarcastically. “It was insensitive. It was offensive, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.”
Jimmy also revealed how his son Billy is doing after he had open heart surgery shortly after he was born last month. "Our son Billy's doing very well. He's eating. He's getting bigger. He's sleeping well. He can read now, which they say is unusual," Jimmy joked.
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