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Jimmy Kimmel talks heart surgery of newborn son in opening monologue of show’s latest episode

3 May 2017 Entertainment News


Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – In the latest episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” Jimmy Kimmel talked about the heart surgery his newborn son had to go through.

The monologue lasted for 13 minutes and he revealed that his son, named William John Kimmel, was born on April 21 and the delivery went smoothly. However, three hours after, a nurse saw the baby turned purple. William was then taken in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s intensive care unit and doctors and nurses came telling them the baby was not getting enough oxygen into his blood. They also found that William’s pulmonary valve was completely blocked and that there was a hole in the wall between the left and right side of the boy’s heart.

Just last week, William was taken to the Children’s Hospital to undergo an open-heart surgery. Jimmy said William will undergo another surgery in a few months to repair the holes in his heart. He added, “If your baby is going to die — and it doesn’t have to — it shouldn’t matter how much money you make. I hope you never have to go there but if you do you’ll see so many kids from so many financial backgrounds being cared for so well with so much compassion.”

He went on to talk about President Donald Trump’s regarding the cutting of $6 billion from the National Institutes of Health funding. However, lawmakers did not allow that and added $2 billion in the budget this year. Jimmy noted, "More than 40% of the people who would have been affected by those cuts to the National Institutes of Health are children. We were brought up to believe that we live in the greatest country in the world. But until a few years ago millions and millions of us had no access to health insurance at all. You know, before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease, like my son was, there was a good chance you'd never be able to get health insurance because you had a preexisting condition."

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