‘He still needs another open-heart surgery’: Jimmy Kimmel provides update on his 5-year-old son Billy

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Jimmy Kimmel’s son underwent multiple procedures, including open-heart surgery when he was just three days old. However, five-year-old Billy seems to have little to no interest in learning more about his operations, Kimmel reveals.

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While attending the 2022 Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Gala with his wife and the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Writer Molly McNearney, Kimmel shared an update on their son’s health. “He still needs open-heart surgery, but he’s doing great,” he said, according to a Today report. The gala was hosted by Chris and Robert Pine, while Justin Timberlake performed a 40-minute set.

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Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney attend the 2018 Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Gala (Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty Images for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles)

The talk show host often talks about his son’s health issues, having mentioned earlier during a monologue on his show that Billy had to undergo major open-heart surgery right after he was born when he was not was only three days old. Kimmel, who has been a supporter and benefactor of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, remarked at the gala that seeing their son’s condition was a driving force behind the couple’s support at the hospital. In particular, the five-year-old child was treated there for a congenital heart defect called tetralogy of Fallot.

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(L-R) Jane Kimmel, TV host Jimmy Kimmel, Billy Kimmel and Molly McNearney attend 2018 LA Loves Alex's Lemonade at UCLA Royce Quad on September 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
(LR) Jane Kimmel, TV host Jimmy Kimmel, Billy Kimmel and Molly McNearney (Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade)

However, Billy, who still needs open-heart surgery, doesn’t seem interested in learning more about his condition. “He has no idea what we’re doing [tonight]he wouldn’t care either,” Kimmel said, reports People. The comedian added that he “tried to explain heart surgery to her because he has a little scar in the center of his chest and that it has almost no interest”.

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Kimmel then expressed his gratitude to the hospital and the charity gala, while mentioning that he and his wife had supported the cause even before their son had surgery there. “Our son, Billy, had two open-heart surgeries here, he was born with two heart defects, and they fixed them really well, so we’re very grateful,” the talk show host said, before commenting. continue, “We never imagined that this organization that we had supported financially and by organizing events for them would be a place where we had to go – so it was a bit of a shock, but everything worked out.”

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On his son’s birthday in April this year, Kimmel took to Instagram to share a message thanking the medical staff who saved the young boy’s life. “Happy 5th birthday to our little nut. We are forever grateful to the brilliant doctors and nurses at @ChildrensLA & @CedarsSinai for saving Billy’s life and to those of you whose donations, prayers and positive thoughts meant all. Please support families in need of medical attention,” the caption read.

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Kimmel and McNearney are the parents of Billy and Jane, while Kimmel has two other children with his ex-wife Gina Kimmel, namely Katie Kimmel, 31, and Kevin Kimmel, 29.