A fixture of late-night TV in the US and the host of this year's Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel, tearfully revealed his newborn son's health complications in an emotional monologue in his show "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Monday night.
"It was a scary story and before I go into it, I want you to know it has a happy ending", Kimmel assured ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" studio audience Monday as he detailed how his son's routine birth last week suddenly turned frightening. The infant will have a second open-heart procedure within the next three to six months, he said during the 13-minute monologue.
Kimmel and his wife Molly welcomed Billy into the world on Friday April 21 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
In particular, Kimmel thanked the doctors and nurses at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, where his son had to undergo three hours of surgery.
He said of the support they received: "We even had atheists praying for us". It's a terrifying thing'.
After thanking by name the nurses, doctors and staff at the two hospitals, along with his colleagues and friends, he joked that "even that son of a bitch Matt Damon sent flowers", about his pretend rival.
"More than 40 percent of the people who would have been affected by those cuts in the National Institute of Health are children", Kimmel said. We need to make sure that people who are supposed to represent us that are meeting about this right now in Washington understand that very clearly.
"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, whether you're a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that", he said, as the audience applauded.
That detail is something we should all consider when our lawmakers and representatives are deciding on health care in the country, Kimmel declared.
Kimmel revealed he will be taking the rest of the week off and guest hosts will be filling in for him.
Kimmel said that the Affordable Care Act, instituted by former president Barack Obama, has allowed children like Billy, who were born with what is deemed a pre-existing condition, to receive treatment, when they may have been denied insurance prior to 2014. Will Arnett will host Tuesday's show, with a special appearance from his "The Gong Show" host, Tommy Maitland.