Funnyman Jimmy Kimmel and his wife Molly McNearney welcomed their second child together – son William “Billy” Kimmel – on Apr. 21. At just three days old, the newborn underwent open heart surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
During Monday’s show, the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host announced his son’s birth and tearfully said he survived the life-threatening operation.
“We call him Billy, six pushes he was out, he appeared a normal healthy baby,” Kimmel, 49, began his opening monologue.
The new parents were moved to the recovery room with their baby boy, who was named after Kimmel’s longtime TV partner Guillermo. (Guillermo is the Spanish form of William).
But three hours after his birth, a nurse noticed something was wrong with the newborn.
“My wife was in bed relaxing, a very attentive nurse at Cedars-Sinai heard a murmur in his heart and noticed he was a bit purple, which is not common,” Kimmel explained. “[Nurses] determined he wasn’t getting enough oxygen in his blood, either in his heart or lungs … It’s a terrifying thing, you know my wife is back in the recovery room, she has no idea what’s going on.”
Their son was born with a congenital heart disease and there was a “hole in the wall of the left and right side of his heart.”
“He’ll have to have another surgery in 3-6 months,” Kimmel said, adding that Billy will need a third “non-evasive surgery when he’s older.”
“Poor kid, not only did he get a bad heart, he got my face,” Kimmel joked.
Six days after his birth, the newborn went home.
“Every one of my friends was there 100%. We had atheists praying for us, okay? We had people who do not believe in God praying to him,” he shared. “And I hate to even say, but even that son-of-a-bitch Matt Damon sent flowers.”
He added: “Most of all, I want to thank my wife Molly. First of all, for allowing me to have sex with her in the first place. But also for being so strong and level-headed and positive and loving during the worst nightmare a new mother could experience. I couldn’t ask for a better partner and I’m so happy we had this baby together. I’m definitely getting a vasectomy after this. “
Billy joins the couple’s 2-year-old daughter Jane. Kimmel is also dad to older kids Kevin, 23, and Katie, 25, from a previous marriage.