Jimmy Kimmel Opens Up About His Son’s Rare Heart Disease

Date 04 May, 2017

Jimmy Kimmel the host of the very popular Late night TV spoke out about his son’s William Kimmel,’s birth and the rare heart disease he was born with. William Kimmel was born on April 21st to Jimmy and his wife Molly McNearney. Billy was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia, and will need open-heart surgery for a chance to survive.


In Jimmy’s monologue got very emotional when you see him fighting back his tears, when talking about his son’s birth and giving thanks to everyone who helped save his life.


Kimmel stated, “It’s a terrifying thing. My wife is back in the recovery room. She has no idea what’s going on. I’m standing in the middle of a lot of very worried people, kind of right now.”


Kimmel, also had a few words for the Republican Party’s efforts to revoke the ACA:


“And I want to say one other thing. President Trump last month proposed a six billion dollar cut in funding to the National Institutes of Health. And thank God, our Congressmen made a deal last night to not go along with that- they actually increased funding by two billion dollars, and I applaud them for doing it. Because more than 40 percent of the people who would have been affected by those cuts 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. 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 pre-existing condition. You were born with a pre-existing condition. And if you didn’t’ have medical insurance, you might not live long enough to even get denied because of a pre-existing condition. I your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make.


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