Kimmel discusses son’s open-heart surgery

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel gave an emotional recounting of his newborn son’s open-heart surgery during his show’s monologue Monday night, the Associated Press reports.

The star of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” said that several hours after his wife, Molly, gave birth April 21 to William John, a nurse at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center noted the baby’s purple-ish color.

His son had holes in the wall separating the right and left sides of the heart and a blocked pulmonary valve, Kimmel said. The baby underwent surgery at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles to open the valve.

Billy will have another surgery within six months and then a third when he’s a teen, but he came home six days after the surgery and is “doing great,” the Associated Press reports.

After thanking the nurses, doctors and staff at the two hospitals, Kimmel gave an impassioned speech on health care in which he criticized President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to the National Institutes of Health and praised Congress for instead calling for increased funding.

“If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make. … Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat or something else,” he said.

Kimmel said guest hosts will take his place the rest of this week.