Earlier this year, Jimmy Kimmel became a loud voice against the Republican-backed health care reform, devoting many hours of his Late Night Show to fighting the legislation. Kimmel’s political advocacy started when, following his newborn son Billy’s emergency heart surgery, he delivered an impassioned monologue to his audience in which he denounced Donald Trump’s proposed $6 billion budget cut to the National Institutes of Health in May and thanked Congress for not supporting it. Throughout the year, Kimmel has kept his audiences updated with Billy’s condition and, yesterday, it was announced that Billy, now seven months old, just underwent another successful surgery.
The announcement came from an ABC statement, which also explained that Kimmel was spending time with his family and that guest hosts would be filling in on his show for the rest of the week. Billy’s schedule was originally scheduled for late October but had to be postponed when Kimmel and the rest of his family were struck by the common cold. Fortunately, the surgery appears to have gone great and hopefully, this means the worst of Billy’s health problems are behind him.
Kimmel’s wife Molly McNearney gave birth to Billy in late April of this year but, after it was discovered that he had a congenital heart defect, Billy was forced to undergo surgery just three days after his birth. The late-night host showed some rare vulnerability when he chose to speak about his son’s health on his show and explained that while the initial surgery had gone well, his son’s condition would require him to have another surgery when he was around six months old. His emotional story was universally applauded and was seen as bringing a human side to the healthcare debate.
As Kimmel has kept everyone abreast of Billy’s condition, we’re on this journey with him and couldn’t be happy to hear that he is on the mend.