Jimmy Kimmel Shares Tear-Jerking Update After His 7-Year-Old’s 3rd Open Heart Surgery

Jimmy Kimmel has praised his “brave” son after the seven-year-old underwent open heart surgery for the third time.

The late-night talk show host, 56, told fans that his son – who was born with a rare congenital heart condition – had undergone cardiac surgery in a post shared on social media dedicated to his family and the staff at the hospital where Billy was treated.

“This weekend, our boy Billy had his third (of three, we hope) open heart surgery,” Kimmel said on Instagram. “We went into this experience with a lot of optimism and nearly as much fear and came out with a new valve inside a happy, healthy kid.”

The comedian thanked the fans who took time to “pray” for Billy during his surgery, and encouraged readers to consider donating money to the LA Children’s Hospital, where Billy has been treated since he received his first open heart surgery when he was just three days old.

“Thanks to those loving strangers who took time to pray for and send positive energy to our baby, thanks to our family and friends for rallying around us to an almost-ridiculous extent, thank you to my wife Molly for being stronger than is reasonable for any Mom to be and Billy, you are the toughest (and funniest) 7-year-old we know.”

“Walking around this hospital, meeting parents at their most vulnerable, children in pain and the miracle workers who do everything in their considerable power to save them is a humbling experience.”

Kimmel expressed his gratitude for his son’s health, saying: “There are so many parents and children who aren’t fortunate enough to go home after five days.”

The doctors did an echocardiogram, which is a sonogram of the heart, and found that Billy was born with a rare congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) with pulmonary atresia – in which there was a hole in the wall separating the two sides of his heart.

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