Jimmy Kimmel celebrated his son Billy’s 5th birthday on Thursday by thanking the doctors and nurses who saved his life.
“Happy 5th birthday to our little nut. Forever grateful to the brilliant doctors & nurses at @ChildrensLA & @CedarsSinai for saving Billy’s life,” the TV host, 54, captioned a photo. of the birthday boy via Instagram.
“And to those of you whose donations, prayers and positive thoughts meant everything. Please support families in need of medical care.
Billy – whom Kimmel and his wife Molly McNearney welcomed in April 2017 – was born with a rare congenital heart defect.
He was diagnosed with tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia and underwent open-heart surgery at just 3 days old.
Kimmel tearfully opened up about the “terrifying” ordeal on her talk show less than two weeks later, telling her audience and viewers at home that “the operation was a success”.
“It was the longest three hours of my life,” he recalls, “but it was a success.”
Despite his emotional state at the time, the comedian managed to crack a few newborn jokes after showing off a photo of the beaming baby.
“Poor kid. Not only did he have a bad heart, but he had my face,” he joked.
Months later, when Billy was 7 months old, he underwent his second heart operation.
ABC – which airs “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” – announced on December 5 of the same year that Billy “had undergone a scheduled and successful heart operation” earlier that day.
Since going public with his family’s medical issues, Kimmel has become an activist for a variety of health issues in America.
In addition to Billy, Kimmel and McNearney – who wed in 2013 – share 7-year-old daughter Jane. Kimmel is also the father of daughter Katie, 30, and son Kevin, 28, with his ex-wife, Gina Maddy.
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