Jimmy Kimmel Reveals Details of His Son’s Birth & Heart Disease

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Published on May 1, 2017

Jimmy and his wife Molly welcomed their second child together, William “Billy” Kimmel. At three days old, Billy had successful open heart surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and is now home with his family. Jimmy opens up about his son’s birth and health complications and encourages donations to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where Billy and so many other kids get such wonderful care… chla.org/donate.

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30 comments

  • José Silva 2 years ago

    I’m first, but I don’t know what to say so I’ll just wish you all a great day!
    Let’s spread some much needed positivity!

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  • mrpute 2 years ago

    We love you buddy! Best wishes to you and your family!!

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  • Dana Sorensen 2 years ago

    Wether you like Jimmy Kimmel or not, I can’t fathom dealing with this with my family. And yet he’s strong enough to share something like this with the world. Godspeed Billy ?

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  • B 2 years ago

    Awww Jimmy! I am so happy your son is okay. Thanks for sharing this with us. I am hoping everything will be better after the next surgeries.

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  • Safwaan Islam 2 years ago

    kimmel>fallon
    real over fake

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  • ktall2196 2 years ago

    This is such a touching story to me. I was born with pulmonary stenosis, pulmonary atresia, and ASD. I had my first open-heart surgery the day after I was born, my second open-heart surgery a few days after that, and then my third and final about 6 months later. That one was actually successful. I was at CHOP and my family was able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House during all of this, and they treated them so well. I just turned 21 and have been extremely healthy since. When I was younger, I was also told that I would need another surgery around this time to replace the valve but I was recently told that I no longer need it due to new technology and how everything has healed. I am extremely lucky and am so so happy that your son is okay and I wish him and your family all the luck through his recovery and surgeries. Congratulations! Love from New Jersey <3

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  • Ryan Cochran 2 years ago

    This is what separates Kimmel from all the other late night hosts. He can be hilarious just as much as real and heartfelt with his personal life. It’s like we’re all a part of his own family, which you CANNOT find anywhere else on tv! #Kimmelisthebest

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  • Rafael Guerra 2 years ago

    I was born with exactly the same dissise and now im 25, no health probles but the hole in my heart that doesn´t really affects me. Best wishes

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  • Rattu 2 years ago

    Guillermo crying =(

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  • Julia Scognamillo 2 years ago

    Hey Jimmy! I just had my 18th birthday 4 days after your baby was born and I was born with tetralogy of fallot as well. I had an open heart surgery when I was 4 months old to repair a hole in my heart and I had another open heart when I was 15. Your boy is gonna be fine, I’m sending so much love and prayers to him. William is now part of the zipper club! Welcome!!

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  • George Lyden 2 years ago

    God Bless you and your family Jimmy 🙂

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  • Regina Phalange 2 years ago

    I cant believe how he managed to not burst out crying!! Like I am crying here just be listening to him. I dont have children even!! Its Horrible when a Parent has to watch their children go through such illnesses and pain!

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  • bikash de 2 years ago

    still 21 people dislike this video!
    either you cry or don’t cry. What is in it to dislike?

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  • The Weapon Collection 2 years ago

    strong man! I can see the struggle to tell the story. Keep strong Jimmy! I know the struggle telling the story of how I cut my dad out of a noose…..

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  • Jennifer Chavez 2 years ago

    Loved how he thanked the great staff that helped save his son! Love you Jimmy! God bless your family!

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  • Amber Khan 2 years ago

    praying for your prince and the whole family!

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  • Manu Gulati 2 years ago

    Seeing Guillermo killed me

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  • DarthAnela77 2 years ago

    Happy for you and your family Jimmy. my birthday is on the 21st too. 🙂

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  • Just here to comment, ok, don't want any trouble 2 years ago

    This show is hilarious

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  • Martin Magana 2 years ago

    Prayers to you and your family jimmy

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  • Diane Kolb 2 years ago

    God bless little William. My granddaughter was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and I can tell you how lucky with such incredible Dr’s at Pittsburg Children’s Hospital our angel Autumn is doing great. After 3 open heart surgeries and a heart transplant Autumn is healthy and doing great.

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  • Meagan 2 years ago

    Hi jimmy, thank you so sharing the story of your son, and bringing awareness to Congenital Heart Defects. I was born with a CHD 27 years ago and I am so happy to be here and I think my doctors and surgeons daily! Thank you and I hope your son is doing amazing!

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  • Susan 2 years ago

    My son Adam was also born with a rare heart defect called Hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Adam lives with half a heart. His first open heart was 4 days old, second open was 5 months old third open was age 3.. no cure for my Adam but with the three surgeries he has a chance with life. So many of us in the CHD world understand 100 percent what you went through. Stay strong for your little warrior!

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  • Theresa 2 years ago

    Dear Jimmy Kimmel and family my name is Theresa I was whatching your show the other night and it brought years to my eyes because I have a 2 year old daughter named Mackenzie and when I was pregnant with her I thought I would have a healthy baby girl well little did we know when she was born every body told me she was beautiful and healthy even the doctors but deep down inside I new thier was something wrong you see she is my fifth child the day she turned a month old her pediatrician rushed her up to the hospital wear we lived our nightmare you see our daughter had dialated cardiomyopathy and needed a heart transplant we ended up living in the hospital for 9 months we almost lost her 9 times she had a g tube out in her stomach because she wasn’t gaining weight had a treach in her throat to help her breath more then 12 surgerys but on Nov 11 2014 she was put on the donors lost status 1 a and a new heart can in on January 24 2015 but doring that weight we found out her father had stage 4 colon cancer and wouldn’t have long to live so he was out in the hospital also so I was spending time with my daughter Mackenzie plus my fiancee know my daughter is 2 years old and doing wonderful yes my fiancee passed away but he left behind a wonderful perfect miriacle every time I look at my daughter and think of all she has been through I thank the donor family for all that they have done they have given me my daughter she is my blessing my miricale and her donor family are my angles so I k ow that you and your wife will get through this you are strong and with God all things are possible I will be praying every day for your family and congratulations on the birth of your child

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  • Nicole W. 2 years ago

    My son was born with a heart defect, but it wasn’t detected until he was 2. Luckily, it was eventually detected, and just in time to avoid permanent heart damage. He had his open heart surgery in Dec 2014, and it was successful. He is now 5, healthy and happy. His “zipper” is always a cool story for him to tell. Heart Parents have to be so strong!!

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  • Kathy 2 years ago

    My grandson was born with HLHS, after two of the three surgeries to correct he had a heart transplant at 21 mo of age, he is doing well. The heart teams, surgeons and nurses who support them are truly amazing. Our family was treated at CHOW. Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

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  • Kim 2 years ago

    Hello jimmy and family. My gorgeous soon to be 8 year old boy was born with the same condition. He is living well with no side affects and in the altitude in sun valley Idaho. Your son is going to amaze you and be alright. We are so lucky to have modern medicine for these precious people This is coming from a mom that fully embraces alternative medicine too. We were living in Australia when he was born where medical care is socialized. I agree, I can’t imagine a family having to decide if they can afford care. Thank you for speaking out. My son will need his pulmonary valve replaced one day. And I hope It won’t be financially crippling and that he will never lose coverage. There are some amazing support groups for people withCHD. I just got an email from a 70 year old man living well with ToF. Which made me so happy and hopeful for my son and Everyone with CHD.

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  • Fay Fisher 2 years ago

    God’s blessings to your new baby , your family and everyone who cared for baby Billy. Prayers for all babies/ children all over the world no matter what they are suffering from. Children are God’s ultimate gift to all of us. Love them, protect them because they grow up so fast. No matter rich or poor we all have Love for our children. No child should ever be denied anything when it comes to their health and wellbeing. Very moving testament Jimmy and beautiful ending. Continued good health for baby Billy and all babies everywhere.

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  • Kathy Grieser 2 years ago

    My heart goes out to Jimmy and his wife. I know this is a very stressful experience. I have worked with babies with CHD for 39 years. That is where my passion in nursing is. I continue to work with our heart support group, Mended Little Hearts of Fort Worth to support families during this sometimes scary journey.

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  • Joyce 2 years ago

    We love you, Jimmy. Hang in there, Billy is in good hands, and he will grow up strong and happy.

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