Jimmy Kimmel’s family had something extra special to celebrate this weekend — his son Billy’s second birthday.
Billy, who turned two on Easter Sunday was born with a congenital heart condition known as Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia, and had his first surgery after just three days on this earth.
Jimmy took to social media to not only wish his boy a happy birthday, but to also give thanks to the doctors and nurses who helped save Billy’s life, he hailed surgeon Dr. Vaughn Starnes since the procedure was the longest three hours of his life.
Alongside an adorable picture of Billy holding a carrot (very holiday appropriate!), the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” host celebrated his son with the caption, “Happy 2nd birthday to our little #Easter buddy Billy.”
Despite undergoing two heart surgeries in his first year, little Billy showed his fighting spirit and pulled through, much to the delight of everyone closely following his battle.
Kimmel has been open about the challenges the couple has faced with the uncertainty of Billy’s health.
“There were secrets we kept from each other that we revealed only after the second surgery,” he said in an interview for the April 2018 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. “The biggest one was that, I think subconsciously, we didn’t want to get too close to the baby because we didn’t know what was going to happen.”
Kimmel publicly revealed his son’s heart defect in an emotional monologue on his late-night show less than two weeks after Billy’s arrival. When Oprah Winfrey asked him if it was scary at first to get so personal while talking about his son, Kimmel said, “I don’t know if it was scary, but it was uncomfortable, and it’s not something I looked forward to. I definitely felt a sense of relief when it was over.”
Jimmy is right to praise all the wonderful medical staff who helped save his son’s life. Thanks to them its people like Billy are able to survive things that would otherwise certainly kill them.
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