Jimmy Kimmel Shows Intimate Footage Of Son's Health Battle, Urges People To Vote
Kimmel has been candid about his son's heart condition over the years.
“We’re two weeks away from the election, and there is so much more than the election on the line,” the talk show host, 52, said on the Thursday, October 22, episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!. “I want to bring us back to focus on something we can’t afford to forget, [which] is health care.”
The comedian then introduced a video, which showed how many doctor appointments and surgeries Billy has had to undergo over the past few years. “My wife made a video that deals with our experience when it comes to preexisting conditions,” he said. “We’d like you to watch this and pass it around to anyone who may have forgotten what this election is about.”
In the clip, Kimmel’s wife, Molly McNearny, wrote, “Over 60 doctors’ appointments in three years.” The couple — who also share daughter Jane, 6 — documented when Billy was first diagnosed with the congenital heart condition, in addition to his three heart surgeries.
At the end of the clip, Billy is seen playing with his sibling, hanging out outside and giggling with his family. However, not everyone who has a child with this type of condition will get so lucky, so Kimmel is urging people to vote for someone who actually cares about the health of the American people.
“I want to bring us back to focus on something we can’t afford to forget, and that is health care,” he said. “The vast majority of this country believes that health insurance should cover Americans with preexisting conditions.”
In 2017, Kimmel got candid about his baby boy’s heart condition. “On Monday morning, Dr. Vaughn Starnes opened his chest and fixed one of the two defects in his heart,” he said at the time about how Billy’s pulmonary valve was blocked and there was a hole in his heart wall. “He went in there with a scalpel and did some kind of magic that I couldn’t even begin to explain. He opened the valve, and the operation was a success. It was the longest three hours of my life.”
Two years later, the Emmy winner revealed to Us Weekly that his tot is “doing great,” adding, “He’s eating. He’s sleeping. He peed on his mother today while she was changing his diaper. He’s doing all the things that he’s supposed to do. This is the best.”
For access to all our exclusive celebrity videos and interviews – Subscribe on YouTube!