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Jimmy Kimmel Defends Obamacare In Emotional Monologue About Son's Health

By Mark Pygas

Jimmy Kimmel opened Monday night’s episode of  Jimmy Kimmel Live by explaining why he'd been absent from the show the week before. The host revealed that his wife, Molly, had given birth to their second child, William “Billy” Kimmel, on April 21st.

But while the labor went well, a nurse suspected that the newborn had a heart murmur, and within a few hours, her suspicions were confirmed when Billy turned purple. Kimmel explained: “Billy was born with a heart disease... the pulmonary valve was completely blocked and he has a hole in the wall between the left and  right sides of his heart.” 

Kimmel revealed that Billy underwent successful open heart surgery just three days later at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “The operation was a success. It was the longest three hours of my life,” he added. Kimmel said that Billy will still need another surgery in “three to six months to close the holes.” And as a teenager, Billy will need a faulty valve replaced.