Jimmy Kimmel gets emotional speaking about son

Things got real last night on Jimmy Kimmel as he warned the audience that he would be telling a "scary" story with a happy ending.

He then revealed that his newborn son, Billy, was born with a heart defect that necessitated surgery when the boy was just 3 days old.

“It was the longest three hours of my life,” Kimmel said. 

Now, at 10 days old, Billy is doing well. But, like many infants with the condition, he will need another surgery in a few months and another procedure later on. 

Repeatedly choking back tears, Kimmel thanked the doctors and staff at both California’s Cedars-Sinai Hospital, where Billy was born, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where the surgery was performed.

 

During his personal story, Jimmy addressed President Trump's effort to cut $6 billion in funding from the National Institutes of Health and applauded Congress for doing the opposite when they chose to instead increase funding by $2 billion. 

He said his experience shows why all Americans need access to healthcare, especially those born with preexisting conditions. 

“No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life,” he said. 

“It just shouldn’t happen. Not here.” 

Kimmel also shared a link for those who wish to donate to the hospital to help other babies.

 

Just this morning, we spoke with WHNT Meteorologist, Jason Simpson, who's son went through the same issues

As a result of his experiences, Simpson is at the head of an effort to raise funds for the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center of Alabama and Children's of Alabama.

The fundraiser is a fishing tournament with $12,000 guaranteed and takes place this weekend.

Find out more about the event and how to participate at the "Castin and Catchin" website.

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