Jimmy Kimmel Opens Up About His Newborn Son’s Heart Surgery And Praises Obamacare

“I have a story to tell about something that happened to our family last week.” That’s how Jimmy Kimmel began an unusually heartfelt monologue on his late-night show Monday.

“You know I try not to get emotional, but it was a scary story,” he said, already tearing up. “And before I go into it, I want you to know it has a happy ending. OK? So when I’m telling this, don’t get too upset. Leave that to me.”

In an emotional, 13-minute recounting of events on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel said that last week, his wife gave birth to a son, William “Billy” Kimmel, the couple’s second child. It was an easy delivery, but a few hours after the birth, a nurse noticed a murmur in the baby’s heart. Kimmel describes how they started doing some tests to see whether it might just be fluid in the lungs, “potentially a minor thing.”

But the baby’s lungs were fine, Kimmel said, which meant his heart wasn’t. “So now more doctors and nurses and equipment come in. It’s — it’s a terrifying thing. You know, my wife is back in the recovery room, she has no idea what’s going on. And I’m standing in the middle of a lot of very worried-looking people — kind of like right now — who are trying to figure out what the problem is.”

Doctors did an echocardiogram and found that Billy was born with a heart defect called tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia. “It’s hard to explain,” said Kimmel, “but basically the pulmonary valve was completely blocked, and he has a hole in the wall between the left and right sides of his heart.”

Last Monday, Kimmel said, a surgeon “opened [Billy’s] chest and fixed one of the two defects in his heart. He went in there with a scalpel and did some kind of magic that I couldn’t even begin to explain. He opened the valve, and the operation was a success. It was the longest three hours of my life.” The baby will need to have another heart surgery in three to six

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/02/526538071/jimmy-kimmel-opens-up-about-his-newborn-sons-heart-surgery-and-praises-obamacare?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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