‘We Had Atheists Praying For Us’: Jimmy Kimmel Breaks Down Describing Son’s Heart Surgery
After a one week absence, Jimmy Kimmel returned to television Monday to explain where he had been.
In an emotional monologue in which the host broke down multiple times, Kimmel said that he and his family had been tending to complications relating to the birth of their new son, who was born with a congenital heart disease.
“We had atheists praying for us,” said Kimmel. “And I hate to say it — even that son of a bitch Matt Damon sent flowers.”
Over the course of a riveting 13 minutes, Kimmel explained how nurses at Cedar Sinai Hospital has noticed complications, which led to the diagnosis of tetralogy of fallot with pulmonary atresia — a rare cardiac condition.
“They determined he wasn’t getting enough oxygen to his blood,” said Kimmel. “It’s a terrifying thing … I’m standing in the middle of a lot of very worried looking people.”
The newborn ultimately underwent open heart surgery at Los Angeles’ Children’s Hospital.
“Not only did he get a bad heart, but he got my face,” Kimmel quipped through tears. “Six days after open heart surgery, we got to bring him home, which is amazing. He’s eating, he’s sleeping, he peed on his mother today when she was changing his diaper.”
Kimmel then got political, slamming Donald Trump for attempting to cut the National Institutes of Health by $6 billion and applauding Congress for rebuffing those efforts and allocating an additional $2 billion.
“We were brought up to believe we lived in the greatest country in the world,” said Kimmel. But “Before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease, like my son was, there was a good chance you’d never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition. You were born with a pre-existing condition … No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life.”
“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 Democrat or something else, we all agree on that.”
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