During a monologue on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, the late-night host put all jokes aside to discuss his son’s recent health crisis. This was the first time Jimmy has decided to open up about his son, who underwent open heart surgery after he was born on April 21.
Just three hours after the birth of his baby son, William John Kimmel, the doctors noticed a heart murmur, which was afterwards diagnosed as tetralogy of fallot with pulmonary atresia. This diagnosis means that the pulmonary valve was blocked and that there was a hole in the heart wall.
Kimmel was very emotional when he spoke about this situation, and revealed that this experience was “a terrifying thing.” He also noted that waiting for the surgery to be completed was “the longest three hours of my life.” The late-night host also said that William will need two more operations in order to be healthy. One will be performed in just a few months, while the other will be performed when William reaches his early teens.
Although he was extremely emotional during certain parts of his monologue, especially when he thanked all the doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel by name, he still managed to make some of the audience smile and laugh with some of his statements, such as: “He [William] peed on his mother today while she was changing his diaper. He’s doing all the things that he’s supposed to do.”
He also expressed appreciation for everyone who showed their support during this rough time. “We had atheists praying for us, O.K.? And I hate to say it — even that son of a b—- Matt Damon sent flowers,” Kimmel said.