Jimmy Kimmel Reveals His Newborn Son Had Open Heart Surgery
Jimmy Kimmel revealed in an emotional monologue Monday night that his newborn son required open heart surgery just hours after he was born.
“I have a story to tell about something that happened to our family last week,” he said on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Kimmel said tearfully. “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, OK? So when I’=;m telling this, don’=;t get too upset. Leave that to me.”
“It was the longest three hours of my life.”
Kimmel ended his story by criticizing Donald Trump for initially proposing a $6 billion cut in funding to the National Institute of Health.
“If your baby is going to die, and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make,” Kimmel said.
“I think that’s something now, whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, or something else, we all agree on that, right?” Kimmel said, as the audience applauded. “Whatever your party, whatever you believe, whoever you support, we need to make sure that people who are supposed to represent us — and people who are meeting about this right now in Washington — understand that very clearly. Let’s stop with the 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. We need to care of each other.”
“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,” he said. “It just shouldn’t happen. Not here.”