Jimmy Kimmel Shares Positive Update on Son Billy’s Recovery Post Heart Surgery

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Jimmy Kimmel recently provided an update on his son, William John, known affectionately as Billy, who has been battling heart issues since his birth. During an interview with Entertainment Tonight on Monday, July 8, Kimmel spoke about the health of his now 7-year-old son, whom he shares with wife Molly McNearnery.

Billy was born on April 21, 2017, and underwent his first open heart surgery at just three days old. Kimmel first shared the news of Billy’s condition during a moving segment on his show “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” where he explained that a pediatric cardiologist had diagnosed his son with tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia. He described the condition as having a blocked pulmonary valve and a hole in the heart’s wall separating its left and right sides.

Recently, Billy underwent his third heart surgery in May. Kimmel shared this news on Instagram, posting: “This weekend, our boy Billy had his third (of three, we hope) open heart surgery. 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.”

Kimmel has consistently expressed deep appreciation for the medical experts who have assisted in his son’s treatments, urging his followers to support children’s hospitals and convey gratitude to healthcare professionals who care for young patients.

Two months after the latest surgery, Kimmel updated that Billy is thriving. “Billy’s doing great.

He had open-heart surgery; you know he’s got the scars and everything, but mentally, he’s right back where he was, which is crazy. Physically, we’re going to have to be careful with him for a couple of months, but he’s doing really well,” Kimmel told ET.

He also reflected on the resilience of children, saying, “Kids are so resilient, and the doctors explained to me that it’s because they’re still growing.”

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