Watch Jimmy Kimmel emotionally recount newborn’s congenital heart defect
You’re going to need the tissues for this one…[ytp_video source=”MmWWoMcGmo0″]
Jimmy Kimmel‘s opening monolog from last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live didn’t include his famous kid pranks or gimmicks. Instead, the late night host got real, sharing the news of his newborn’s struggle with a congenital heart defect.
“I have a story to tell about something that happened to our family last week,” he told the audience. “I’m sorry. You know, I try not to get emotional, but it was a scary story. And before I go into it, I want you to know it has a happy ending, okay? So when I’m telling this, don’t get too upset. Leave that to me.”
Kimmel’s wife delivered what they thought to be a healthy baby boy last week. Baby “Billy” was soon discovered to have a congenital heart defect, and he required life-saving emergency surgery. Kimmel’s story has a happy ending. Doctors at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles managed to fix Billy’s heart, and the infant is now home doing all the things babies are supposed to do. But the experience struck a nerve with Kimmel, opening his eyes to the realities many families without access to the same financial resources face every day across the country.
“If your baby is going to die, and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make. I think that’s something that, whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right?”
Kimmel called out the fact that prior to 2014, children born with congenital heart disease faced uncertain healthcare options. He praised Congress for increasing funding to the National Institutes of Health by $2 billion after Trump‘s proposed $1.2 million in cuts.
“Let’s stop with this nonsense. This isn’t football. There are no teams. We are the team, it’s the United States. Don’t let their partisan squabbles divide us on something every decent person wants. And I saw a lot of families there, and no parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life. It just shouldn’t happen.”